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Teacher Quality and Learning

It is well known that effective teachers can accelerate student learning, but often, too little is known about what makes a teacher effective. SRI offers a team of nationally recognized experts in research on teacher quality and learning. Human capital issues—teacher recruitment, retention, evaluation, and alternative compensation—are central to our studies of teacher quality and learning outcomes. SRI's education researchers also focus on teacher development, including preparation, induction, and ongoing professional development.

SRI researchers also investigate important teacher professional development programs, courses, and new approaches, such as using social networks. Researchers also study strategic teaching moves and adaptive expertise in teachers' professional learning.

SRI innovations create new opportunities for teachers to interact and learn, new ways to bridge teacher professional development plans to classroom improvements, and new uses for digital books to enhance teacher learning.

Projects

Evaluation of the LPLC Early Literacy Pay for Success Project

SRI worked with the Sorenson Impact Center and the nonprofit organization Social Finance to design a rigorous evaluation for the Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) Pay for Success (PFS) project in Idaho. Using PFS, LPLC intends to expand its model for improving student literacy across the state by...

Minnesota Pay for Success Feasibility Pilot: Pyramid Model Expansion in Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

The Minnesota Department of Education contracted SRI to study the feasibility of using a Pay for Success funding model to enhance its state voluntary prekindergarten program with the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence.

Collaborative Math: Creating Sustainable Excellence in Mathematics for Head Start Programs

With the Erikson Institute, SRI is exploring the promise of Collaborative Math in promoting math learning in Head Start centers in the city of Chicago.

Virginia Preschool Initiative - Plus (VPI+) Comprehensive Evaluation

SRI is evaluating the implementation and impact of Virginia's use of federal funding to increase access to and improve the quality of state-funded preschool in 13 school districts in high-need communities.