Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations

Title

Kentucky Reading Project; What defines an effective professional development?

Presenter Information

Hannah FunkhouserFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Elementary Education

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Holly Bloodworth and Christina Grant

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The Kentucky Reading Project is a professional development initiative that is designed to increase student achievement and family engagement in literacy. It is created to meet diverse learning needs by empowering P-5 teachers through research-based literacy instruction. The yearlong, graduate level literacy course consists of a two-week intensive summer institute, four follow-up sessions during the year, and at least one coaching visit to each teacher. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of the Kentucky Reading Project program and to investigate how such professional development initiatives can be approved upon. To test the successfulness of the practices implemented during the KRP action plan, teachers that have participated in this program within the last 20 years will be interviewed. Questions will address the impact of networking with other teachers, the effectiveness of strategies gained through participation in the project, and deepening their professional knowledge. The results shown from the qualitative study will suggest the benefits for teachers and the students they serve. The literacy interventions integrated throughout the classrooms across the state will also be discussed.

Location

Waterfield Gallery

Start Date

November 2021

End Date

November 2021

Fall Scholars Week 2021 Event

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Kentucky Reading Project; What defines an effective professional development?

Waterfield Gallery

The Kentucky Reading Project is a professional development initiative that is designed to increase student achievement and family engagement in literacy. It is created to meet diverse learning needs by empowering P-5 teachers through research-based literacy instruction. The yearlong, graduate level literacy course consists of a two-week intensive summer institute, four follow-up sessions during the year, and at least one coaching visit to each teacher. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of the Kentucky Reading Project program and to investigate how such professional development initiatives can be approved upon. To test the successfulness of the practices implemented during the KRP action plan, teachers that have participated in this program within the last 20 years will be interviewed. Questions will address the impact of networking with other teachers, the effectiveness of strategies gained through participation in the project, and deepening their professional knowledge. The results shown from the qualitative study will suggest the benefits for teachers and the students they serve. The literacy interventions integrated throughout the classrooms across the state will also be discussed.