Boston College is conducting a research study related to online professional development as part of a U.S. Department of Education Ready to Teach Grant, and this is your chance to participate! The purpose of the e-Learning for Educators research study is to evaluate the effects of online professional development on teacher knowledge, teacher practices, and student achievement. This ground-breaking study will directly impact policy and practice by providing insight about the types of professional development that are effective for improving teacher quality and student achievement! If you are a traditional classroom teacher of 4th grade English Language Arts, 5th grade Mathematics, 7th grade English Language Arts, or 8th grade Mathematics, you might be eligible to participate in this study!
The research study begins January 2008 and spans three academic semesters. All participating teachers will take two online surveys and administer three online tests to their students. Teachers will receive a $300 stipend for completing these surveys and tests. Some participating teachers who are randomly assigned to the experimental group will also participate in three online professional development workshops. These workshops focus on both content knowledge and pedagogical practices, offer information and techniques that can be directly applied in the classroom, and target subjects in which students tend to struggle. All workshop activities are completed online, at the convenience of your schedule. Teachers completing these workshops will be eligible for graduate credits.
Please visit our website for complete details: http://www.bc.edu/efe. At our website you can download a "Q&A" document containing all information, review syllabi for the online workshop, and download a registration form in the section titled "New Teachers." You can also contact the researchers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't miss your chance to participate in this exciting study!