Jason Downer, a research associate professor at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, and Megan Stuhlman, a research scientist, began a series of workshops this week with school-based research partners throughout Virginia.
Downer and Stuhlman are investigators on the LATSI project, which has partnered with school districts to develop different informant reports that assess teacher-student interactions. The broad aim of this project is to develop low-cost tools that assess effective teaching, and tap into the perspectives of other informants, like students, in the classroom. The new tools are based on the widely used Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS) developed and validated here at CASTL.
These series of workshops will be occurring over the next four months. The goal of these workshops is to support the participating schools in their professional development relating to highly effective interactions and individual school goals. The workshops will also serve as a vehicle to debrief from the LATSI research project and discuss findings.