You are here:

State-wide Web-based Professional Development & Curricula for Early Childhood Educators: Design & Infrastructure
PROCEEDINGS

, University of Virginia, United States ; , University of Virgnia, United States ; , , , , University of Virginia, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

My Teaching Partner (MTP) is a professional development program now being delivered to 235 teachers across Virginia. MTP links curriculum/activities with layers of web-based support, including an on-line consultant--a teaching expert who regularly observes, de-briefs, and extends teachers' educational practice. The research-based educational curriculum supports the needs of at-risk Pre-K students in literacy, language, and social relationships, and is illustrated with numerous video demonstrations of effective teaching practice. We describe the user-centered design process which led to the development of MTP, and demonstrate the support services and curriculum. The dynamic nature of the website is emphasized, including development practices which enable non-developers to easily contribute and maintain website contents. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the design, and go on to describe the two-year field trial now underway, which includes examination of child outcomes, effects on teaching quality, and development of teacher reflectivity.

Citation

Kinzie, M., Whitaker, S., Neesen, K., Kelley, M., Matera, M. & Pianta, R. (2005). State-wide Web-based Professional Development & Curricula for Early Childhood Educators: Design & Infrastructure. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 814-821). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 21, 2019 from .

Keywords