Golan, S., Warner, M., Wechsler, M., Park, C.J., Campbell, A. (2013). Evaluation of the Florida Master Teacher Initiative second formative report. SRI International. Menlo Park, CA.
The Florida Master Teacher Initiative (FMTI) partners have developed and implemented for 2 years a set of strategic programs to enhance early learning instruction for high-need students. Specifically, these are a job-embedded graduate degree program with an early childhood specialization, a Teacher Fellows program through which teachers use inquiry to reflect on and improve their practice, and a Principal Fellows program that enhances principals’ ability to effect change in their schools by helping them adopt a facilitative leadership approach. Feedback on the programs from most teachers and principals was very positive, and many expressed interest in continued involvement in them if activities are sustained beyond the grant. Teachers and principals also shared many examples of how these programs are starting to affect them, their instruction, and their students. Presented here are a summary of the many accomplishments, early outcomes, and supports and challenges for implementation.