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Project Name:TeacherLine
Project Contact:Melinda George

PBS TeacherLine is advancing educational theory and practice by developing a new type of model for online professional and organizational learning. Going beyond "online courses," the project will embed online professional development in comprehensive local initiatives for teacher quality, student achievement of rigorous academic standards, and the school reform. Expected project outcomes include improved student achievement with a particular focus on math, reading, and language arts; improved teacher content knowledge and practice; and increased coherence of local professional development planning, particularly in Title I and high-need settings. Working with nearly 80 local stations and other organizations, the project will reach 40,000 educators per year nationwide by Year Five of the grant term, PBS looks forward to working with partners Hezel Associates, Indiana University, and Learning Point Associates to advance the field of online learning for educators and improve teaching and learning in America's classrooms.

Project Name:e-Learning for Educators Initiative
Project Contact:Lynn Meeks

e-Learning for Educators (efe) is a collaborative effort among eight state departments of education and their public broadcast station partners to provide high-quality online professional development training (OPD) that will result in improved student academic achievement.

efe's primary focus is to build state capacity to organize, plan, develop, and provide high-quality OPD courses that are state-determined needs related to the improvement of student performance. This capacity was built, beginning in year one, through the systematic training of state leadership to steer the initiative in their state, and through facilitator and course developer training provided to state-recruited efe personnel. In this second year, the initiative is set to begin randomized large-scale research trials to determine the effectiveness of OPD in improving student performance while providing additional facilitator and course developer training and online-courses for teachers. An overview of the project goals, collaboration, training, research project and early program results are presented.

Project Name:HELP: Help with English Language Proficiency
Project Contact:Marybeth Susman

Colorado's statewide public broadcasting network, Rocky Mountain PBS, the Colorado Department of Education, Responsive Research and Consultation, and Digital Directions, Inc., an educational multimedia company, have partnered to further develop and scale up delivery of an advanced, technology-based, sheltered-instruction math intervention program targeting limited English proficient (LEP) students and other students. Major components include:

  • Increased student achievement (in math and English language acquisition) of LEP students; using an experimental model, the project looks for gains in math and language proficiency by students using a specific technology-based math intervention
  • Expand and enhance the Help with English Language Proficiency Program (HELP Program), an advanced, technology-based math intervention that applies techniques to make content comprehensible to LEP students, address the cultural and linguistic instructional differentiation necessary for LEP students, and increase participant engagement in math through the use of technology, targeting delivery of high-needs middle schools that are highly impacted by LEP students, low socio-economic status, and low achievement in math
  • Create a system of professional development that supports and enhances the HELP Program; employing a variety of research-based delivery methods and accurately measuring the effectiveness of those delivery methods and
  • Establish the replicability and sustainability of the HELP Program, by establishing a technology-based system of delivery and professional development systems.
Project Name:Video in Teaching and Learning (VITAL)
Project Contact:Sandy Goldberg

The Educational Broadcasting Corporation (d.b.a. Thirteen/WNET), one of the nations leading public television stations, will be working with three distinguished partner organizations to -

  • Identify and develop innovative educational and instructional digital video materials from our vast archive;
  • Embed the materials in a digitally-delivered statewide student assessment reporting systems being created with support from the New York State Education Department to provide teachers with the data and resources they need to improve achievement in math and English Language Arts for students in grades 3-8;
  • Develop and deliver training to help teachers learn to utilize these resources, especially teachers in schools where there is a high percentage of Title 1 children;
  • Develop and deliver training that moves the effective use of these resources into teacher preparation programs; and
  • Use scientifically based evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the resources in producing meaningful effects on teacher performance and student achievement.

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