We recognize that the teacher commitment we are requesting exceeds that of the majority of typical PD. Although we know the benefits to classroom practice, student outcomes, and professional fulfillment produced by this program are priceless, we offer a high level of professional and financial support. Each TI teacher will receive approximately $13,000 to work toward 15 graduate chemistry credits at GVSU. Support includes:
- tuition waivers (tuition for 15 graduate credits valued over $7,500);
- fellowships ($3,500 over 4 years);
- a classroom award ($500 to use at the teacher’s discretion); and
- travel to two conferences (up to $1,750).
The Target Inquiry model has been tested with high school chemistry teachers at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and has shown to increase instructional quality and student learning outcomes in chemistry. Teachers with 2-20 years of experience have found the program to transform their teaching and their students’ learning.
We are asking TI teachers and their students to participate in a four-year study of the effects of TI. The study has been approved by the GVSU Human Research Review Committee (approval number 11-216-H). The study tasks include administering tests and surveys to students twice each academic year, inviting researchers to observe your class 1-2 times each year, and participating in one interview and round of teacher surveys each year. Each teacher will receive student test data to contribute to classroom assessment measures to be used as his/her discretion.
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