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Study of the Rio Grande Valley Center for Teaching and Leading Excellence

SRI in analyzing the implementation and impact of the Center's efforts to recruit and training effective teachers in South Texas.

IDEA Public Schools and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District received an Investing in Innovation federal grant to build the Rio Grande Valley Center for Teaching and Leading Excellence. The center aimed to increase the supply of effective teachers and leaders serving students in both districts through new teacher and prospective leader training.

Using a rigorous design combining randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental approaches, SRI and its subcontractor, Copia Consulting, analyzed the impact of the center’s training on teacher retention, efficacy, job satisfaction, and student achievement. SRI will also assess the usefulness of the training from participants’ and administrators’ perspectives.

The research team also documented implementation fidelity through teacher and teacher leader surveys, training observations and attendance records, and participant evaluations of training. Using interview and focus group data, the research team provided the center with timely feedback on training implementation and participants’ reports on the usefulness of the training.

Principal Investigator: Viki Young