As part of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s i3 Project, CLI partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2010 for a 3-year evaluation of the impact of the CLI Model Classroom Program. The third year of the data collection will wrap up at the conclusion of this school year, and positive interim results have already been demonstrated coming out of the analysis of year 2 data.
With these positive indicators of CLI’s impact in mind, American Institutes for Research (AIR) presented findings throughout March and April at various research conferences, including presentations at the Society for Research and Educational Effectiveness (SREE), Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), and American Educational Research Association (AERA).
On March 7, AIR presented a session at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Conference titled “Replicating the Effects of Literacy Interventions: Early Results from Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale up and Validation Studies,” which featured the preliminary i3 results from CLI’s Model Classroom Program.
AIR’s March 13 presentation at the Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference focused again on CLI in a paper title “Impact of an Intensive Professional Development, Coaching and Model Classroom Program on Teacher Practice and Student Achievement.”
Finally on April 5, AIR, along with CLI’s Interim Executive Director, Cameron Voss, participated in a roundtable discussion titled “Insights Into Literacy Instruction Through Program Evaluation” as part of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. During this discussion, AIR presented early results from their i3 study in their paper titled “Year 1 Student Achievement Results from the i3 Impact Evaluation of the Children’s Literacy Initiative.” AIR also participated in a second roundtable discussion as part of AERA 2014 Annual Meeting on April 6 titled “Examples from the Field: Applied Data Uses” along with CLI’s Director of Professional Development Services and Innovation Dave Younkin, around the implementation and applications of CLI’s Coach Log (a data collection tool implemented as part of CLI’s i3 grant).
As this partnership enters its final year of data analysis, CLI reflects on the demonstrated positive impact that is emerging from this research, as well as the positive potential to come as AIR shares these results with others in the field of educational research.