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Evaluation of Education Connections
SRI is evaluating an online professional development program for middle and high school teachers of English learner students in six districts. The evaluation includes an impact study on teacher and student outcomes using a cluster randomized-controlled trial.
Education Connections is an online professional development program for secondary teachers of English learners developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and funded by the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. SRI has partnered with CAL to evaluate the impact of participation in Education Connections on teacher knowledge and instruction and English learner students’ outcomes using both a cluster-randomized controlled trial and comparative group design in six districts across Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and California.
SRI will also evaluate the fidelity of program implementation through the examination of the online site’s backend user data, participant surveys, and interviews with participants. SRI will analyze the implementation data on a continual basis to provide timely verbal and written formative feedback to CAL so that CAL can make immediate program adjustments to best meet participant needs.