Evaluating DMI Project Details for Teachers
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 recruited 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 teachers complete several assessments, logs, and surveys; allow us to videotape in their classrooms once each year (for a few people twice); and 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. Teachers who applied to be part of the Building a System of Tens (BST) and/ or Making Meaning for Operations (MMO) DMI seminars through Evaluating DMI, agreed to let us randomly pick when they would take the seminars. Between 1/2 and 2/3 of each group take part in DMI seminars right away; the rest are asked to wait until the next academic year and are asked not to take another DMI seminar while waiting. Both groups and their students take part in data collection about the impact of DMI during two academic years. This lets 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.
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. The second Massachusetts cohort, and the North Carolina cohort participated in Fall/ Winter/ Summer 2012-13 or Summer/ Fall/ Winter 2013-14.
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 in the study.
We collect the following information from teachers:
We collect the following student information: