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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.
SRI is supporting the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in maximizing the impact of its educational portfolio.
The ability to write well-reasoned, well-supported arguments is a key skill for success in college, career, and civic society. Yet most students in U.S. secondary schools lack proficiency in argument writing. The National Writing Project developed the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) to support...
SRI is evaluating efforts to increase the capacity of teachers from diverse backgrounds to teach to Next Generation Science and Common Core standards in rural California middle and high schools.
This is a study of a multiyear effort to ensure that the California State University teacher preparation programs are producing the teachers California K–12 school districts will need as they complete their transition to new standards.