Evelyn Ford-Connors


Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding

The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic (RWC) at the School of Education serves elementary through high school students who experience difficulty with reading and writing. After an initial evaluation of a student’s literacy-based strengths and needs, an individualized tutoring plan is created for each student and implemented during weekly instructional sessions designed to improve reading and writing proficiency.

During the summer of 2012, the RWC began collecting data for a research project to examine a video based model for coaching teachers in more comprehensive and strategic use of teacher talk.  This project will be continuing throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. This project requires support from the research assistant for all research phases, including: video-taping and audio-taping tutoring and coaching sessions; transcribing tapes; compiling relevant instructional data and samples of student work; collecting student outcome data; and data coding and analysis.

We anticipate using this information for publication as well as conference presentations in order to disseminate information about the efficacy of this instructional model.