MyTeachingPartner™, or MTP, is a system of professional-development supports developed through the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. MTP improves teacher-student interactions, which in turn, increases student learning and development.
The suite of MTP professional-development supports contains three specific resources that may be used either individually or in tandem:
- A video library of annotated examples of best practice: The MTP video library—more than 400 one- to two-minute video clips of teachers’ effective interactions with students from pre-K to high school—gives teachers an opportunity to observe other teachers’ effective interactions as they implement a wide range of instructional activities in various contexts.
- A college course: This three-credit college course focuses on improving teachers’ knowledge of effective interactions, their skills in identifying effective interactions, and applying those skills to their own classrooms.
- Web-mediated individualized coaching: The coaching program is a partnership between the teacher and a trained consultant that provides relevant, interactive, and ongoing feedback and support from a consultant and online curricula throughout the school year. Every two weeks, using a simple video camera set up on a tripod in their classroom, teachers videotape their own instruction and send this footage to their coach. The MTP coaching program involves the following 5 steps in a 2 week cycle:
All three MTP resources rely on a standardized observational assessment of teacher-student interactions—the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, or CLASS—as the primary way to observe and define effective practice.
Research demonstrates that teachers participating in MTP engage in more effective interactions with students, especially in classrooms that serve higher proportions of students in poverty. Students in these classrooms also show enhanced academic and social skill development. Here are some additional research findings:
- Teachers participating in MTP coaching made significant gains in reading and responding to students’ cues, using a variety of formats to actively engage children in instruction, and intentionally stimulating language development.
- Teachers who had access only to the video library and made regular use of it were observed to be more sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, more proactive and effective at managing behavior, and more skilled at maximizing children’s learning time.
- Children in MTP-coached classrooms made greater gains in receptive vocabulary, task orientation, and prosocial assertiveness.
- Teachers who completed the college course demonstrated increased knowledge of effective interactions, improved skills in identifying these interactions, and greater use of effective interactions in the classroom.
- On average, student gains were equivalent to increasing the achievement status of every student in a class taught by a teacher who had been in MTP-Secondary from the 50th to the 59th percentile, and to preventing one student from otherwise failing the end of year state assessment.
- These impacts on student learning were due to changes in student-teacher interaction within the classrooms.
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