Maximizing User Impact Study No. 5: Edivate Combined with Seminars Superior to Either PD Resource Alone
After Just One Year, 35% of Students are Proficient or Advanced in Reading, and 40% are Proficient or Advanced in Math
A study published in Contemporary Issues in Education Research showed that when teachers use a combination of seminar-based PD and online PD in concert, rather than separately, students see significantly greater gains in math and reading. In just one year, one out of every four students (25%) who was previously considered at or below grade level was considered proficient or advanced in math. In reading, one out of every five students (20%) previously considered at or below grade level was now considered proficient or advanced.
Even more significant, however, were the results from Title I schools. After just one year of the combined seminar and online PD, more than one in every three students (35%) in reading was rated as proficient or advanced. In math, students did even better, with four of every ten students (40%) rated as proficient or advanced.
The studies are clear: a combination of traditional seminars and online, on-demand PD creates a learning framework that is superior to either PD resource alone.
Shaha, S. H, Glassett K. F, Copas, A., Huddleston, T. L., (2016). Maximizing Educator Enhancement: Aligned Seminar and Online Professional Development. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 9(1), 15-22.