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Elementary school teachers--Training of--Iowa--Case studies; Career development--Iowa--Case studies; Career development; Elementary school teachers--Training of; Iowa; Academic theses; Case studies;


The professional development, which was the basis for this case study, was a 3- year Title II grant-funded project with Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) as the research-based core. Twenty-one elementary school teachers from an urban setting were studied. The purpose of this study was to analyze the professional development project in order to discover the lessons learned. The professional development model used had several key elements. These elements included an evaluation plan, implementation of the learned strategies, collaboration, summer workshops and follow-up school year sessions, and lesson study. Despite the fact that participants were engaged in the same professional development experience for three years, they implemented their knowledge at a variety of levels. So, what lessons were learned about the professional development process? To determine the lessons learned, a survey was given to participants. The survey indicated that successful implementation of strategies learned stemmed from a professional development experience, which started with a focused and detailed evaluation plan and included the collection of the teacher implementation data used to guide the professional development. Teachers received support and encouragement to implement the strategies they learned on a regular basis. Support included the time for implementation, as well as time for collaboration on a functional team, which provided help and encouragement. Job-embedded professional development in the form of lesson study allowed the teachers to practice implementation in the classroom and reflect on the strategies learned.

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Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Victoria Robinson


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