Research

  • Connecting Professional Development for Teachers with Outcomes for Students
    The goal of this project is to determine whether students in the classes of teachers who have higher-than-average amount of professional development and work in programs that are, overall, supportive of professional development, have higher achievement results, as measured by the NRS level completion.

  • Equipped for the Future Research Projects

  • Families First Research

  • Knox County Early Reading First Evaluation
    This project is conducted with several preschool centers implementing the innovative practices with 400 four- and three-year old children. The methods include: assessing children using PPVT-III, PALS, IGDI, and EOWPVT and analysis of the results; focus group interviews with teachers; and review of documents pertaining the teachers’ use of professional development in the classroom.

  • NCSALL Research at CLS
    CLS conducted a set of research projects focused on accountability and outcomes for the National Center on the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. The reports on this research can be found on the NCSALL Web site.

  • Reading First professional development survey
    Administered the survey about PD needs and results to approximately 1100 Reading First teachers in Tennessee in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Analyzed the data and submitted report with recommendations to the funder.

  • Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy (TIAN)
    Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy is developing and field-testing a professional development model for adult education mathematics teachers. The four-year project is funded by the National Science Foundation and will include embedded research on factors affecting teachers’ learning and change regarding mathematics instruction.

  • Tennessee Even Start Evaluation
    This project has two goals: evaluation of the Tennessee programs’ compliance with National Even Start rules and regulation; and evaluation of educational outcomes for adults and children (ages birth – eight years) enrolled in these family literacy programs. For adults, these include advancement in basic education classes and improvement of parenting skills. For children, the focus is on language and literacy development. Funded by the Department of Education. Contact: Olga Ebert.

    CLS has also been a partner in the NCSALL project Connecting Practice, Policy and Research.