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Linking Nevada’s Early Literacy Training with Teaching and Learning: Eight Tracer Cases of Teacher Effects

Edited by Stanley Chow, Jan Whitney, Holly Holland


How do staff developers make the case to policymakers that investments in high-quality staff development will yield tangible benefits in teaching and learning?

Nevada’s early literacy staff developers created the tracer case, which traces the linkages from staff development, to teacher use of instructional strategies, to the performance of K-3 students in the all-important early literacy skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

This collection of eight tracer cases highlights how these specific literacy practices are taught by teachers who work in schools large and small, urban and rural, and serving high percentages of children from low-income families. The tracer cases are valuable formative evaluation tools because they allow us to look directly into the classroom to gauge the quality of teaching and describe its interactive impact on students.

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Product #: REL-04-01
Copyright: 2004
Format: Print
Pages: 68
Publisher: WestEd