Evaluating DMI is a research project intended to study how DMI professional development seminars affect teachers' knowledge and classroom practice, and how this in turn affects students' learning. As part of this project, we are recruiting teachers to take part in the seminars, and to also be part of the research over the course of two years. As part of the research we will ask you to complete several assessments, logs, and surveys; to allow us to videotape in your classroom once each year (for a few people twice); and to assist us in collecting student information such as parental consent forms and various assessments.
To test the impact of DMI, we are conducting a randomized experiment. When you apply to be part of the Building a System of Tens (BST) and Making Meaning for Operations (MMO) DMI seminars through Evaluating DMI, YOU AGREE TO LET US RANDOMLY PICK WHEN YOU WILL DO SO. The first cohort of teachers were assigned to be part of DMI Professional Development seminars either in Summer/ Fall/ Winter 2011-12 or Summer/ Fall/ Winter 2012-13.
Those who are selected to wait are asked to not take another DMI seminar while waiting.
Both groups and their students will take part in data collection about the impact of DMI during two academic years. This will let us compare results for teachers who took DMI right away with a similar group who were asked to wait. Teachers are paid throughout the two years for their participation in both the research and the DMI seminars - see informed consent document for details.
To be eligible to participate in the DMI seminars as part of this research, an applicant:
We regret that due to research constraints, we are unable to include special education teachers or paraprofessionals at this time.
We will collect the following information from teachers:
We will collect the following student information: