Impact

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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation is supportive of Center for Inspired Teaching because we recognize that quality teachers result in better outcomes for students.

— Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director, J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
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Methodology

We collect data on the attitudes, beliefs, instructional practices, and classroom environments of the teachers who participate in our coursework, mentoring, and school-based professional development programs. We also collect extensive feedback from participants to inform our own approach to teacher education.

How do we conduct our research?

Inspired Teaching’s research methodology includes a variety of techniques and approaches:

  • Structured classroom observations allow us to look closely at the types of student-teacher interactions that have been proven to have the greatest impact on student achievement outcomes. The tool we use (CLASS™) assesses the emotional support offered students, as well as instructional interactions such as feedback, questioning, and language modeling.
  • Surveys of teachers’ working conditions at the beginning and end of a school year provide one useful measure of the school climate and the results of efforts to improve it. A report including data on average responses, item analysis, and recommendations may be shared with principals so that school leadership is aware of faculty concerns.
  • Student surveys assessing classroom emotional climate provide teachers a valuable tool for responding to students’ psychosocial needs. Any school-level data is shared with the principal as early as possible.
  • Participant feedback questionnaires are provided at all Inspired Teaching workshops and programs. We believe teachers have the right to voice their needs and concerns regarding the professional development opportunities we provide.
  • Semi-structured interviews are designed to assess teachers’ beliefs about children, teaching, and learning, and/or to gather participant feedback about our programs.
  • Additional research methods, depending on participant interest and researcher availability, include assignment quality analysis, concept mapping, and classroom-based action research.

Learn more about our results.

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