Activity type: Members of the Steering Committee
Activity coordinator: Udit Nisan
Activity period: 2009
Current research demonstrates that the quality of teacher-student interaction is one of the important predictive factors of students' cognitive and emotional development. The Initiative was exposed to this topic through the work of several of its committees. Prof. Robert Pianta, the dean of the University of Virginia's School of Education's contribution to this field is large and significant and was what led the Initiative to invite and host him here in Israel. The goal of Prof. Pianta's visit was to enable researchers and other professionals in the field to become more closely acquainted with the tools he has developed, to learn from an example that connects research and practice, to learn about the necessity of success measurements and to promote a discussion concerning the advantages of using these tools. The attached file
describes aspects of Prof. Pianta's work upon which the seminar focused. Background materials, the seminar agenda and presentations are also available by clicking on the "News & Events" tab. It is possible to view Prof. Pianta's lectures: Standardized observation of teachers' interaction with children
, Improving the quality and impact of teacher-child interaction
The Initiative hosted Prof. Pianta in November 2009 during which time he gave a workshop open to professionals in the field as well as the public, that focused on two of the tools he has developed: CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System), an observation tool to monitor teacher-student interaction, and MTP (My Teaching Partner), a web-based tool used for teachers' in-service training and professional development.
Final report (Hebrew only) summarizing the seminar is available by clicking on the "Publications" tab.
Project coordinator: Ms. Udit Nissan