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DWW Announces Professional Development Grants

The Doing What Works Initiative (DWW) is requesting proposals for professional development grants to strengthen the use of research-based practices drawn from DWW resources. The grants, ranging from $15,000 to $75,000, are to be used between mid-January and July 2001 and are open to states, districts, and institutions of higher education with established capacity to develop professional development, inquiry groups, or other improvement processes that could incorporate DWW resources.

DWW formally announced the request November 29, 2011 at http://www.wested.org/dww and proposals will be due December 17, 2010. Approximately 15 awards, based on short (3 – 5 pages) proposals will be announced January 14, 2011. Successful applicants will propose ways to incorporate DWW resources in at least one topic area into pre-service or in-service training or professional development. DWW contractor staff will assist in the design and delivery of activities. Awardees will be expected to document their work and share any products with the DWW staff.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, DWW bridges research and action to help educators use research-based practices more effectively. Each DWW topic contains 20 – 30 multimedia resources as well as summaries of research, links to resources, and customized tools for applying key practices. Topics comprise three sections:

  • LEARN what works—learn about the research supporting recommended practices and review the evidence, view a multimedia overview, watch expert interviews, and read about key actions for implementation;
  • SEE how it works—understand how schools implement practices, watch or listen to video and slideshow interviews with teachers and administrators, see artifacts from schools and classrooms, and review site profiles; and
  • DO what works—access and use professional development tools designed to help teachers, coaches, and administrators implement the practices.

All DWW materials are vetted by researchers knowledgeable in the topic areas and recommended practices are based on research and expert opinion. Current topics are:

  • How to organize your teaching
  • Turning around chronically low-performing schools
  • Response to Intervention in primary grades reading
  • Response to Intervention in elementary and middle school math
  • Preschool language and literacy
  • Teaching literacy in English to K – 5 English language learners
  • Adolescent literacy
  • National Math Panel: Critical foundations for algebra
  • National Math Panel: Major topics of school algebra
  • Encouraging girls in math and science
  • Dropout prevention
  • Reducing behavior problems in elementary school classrooms
  • Using student achievement data to support instructional decision-making (forthcoming fall 2010)
  • Extended learning time: Beyond the regular school day (forthcoming fall 2010)
  • Helping Students Navigate the Path to College (forthcoming fall 2010)

Contact: Carol Keirstead


Email: ckeirstead@rmcres.com

Related initiative: Teacher and Educational Leader Effectiveness