- Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- University of Florida College of Education
– Lastinger Center for Learning
– School of Teaching and Learning
– School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- SRI International
The Florida Master Teacher Initiative enhances early learning instruction for high-need students by:
- Developing an early childhood specialization within an existing, job-embedded graduate degree program and offering the program to early childhood teachers (grades pre-K-3);
- Providing school-based leadership opportunities for graduate students to share program content and practices with colleagues within inquiry-based learning communities;
- Supporting principals’ and assistant principals’ efforts to adopt a facilitative leadership approach and enhance their ability to effect change within their schools; and
- Evaluating the model rigorously using an experimental design over the five years.
This innovative approach combines cutting-edge online pedagogy with professors in residence who deliver face-to-face instruction at the school site. In turn, graduate students lead efforts at their respective school sites to enhance colleagues’ instructional skills and improve student achievement.
Objectives and Outcomes
- Improving academic outcomes for high-needs children by improving teacher effectiveness and school culture;
- Increasing the skills, performance, and morale of teachers in the 20 Title I schools;
- Documenting how a job-embedded, inquiry-based professional development model can reform schools and improve student achievement by increasing early childhood teachers’ skills, forming learning communities in schools, and advancing administrative leadership; and
- Preparing to scale the model.