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    Richard Elmore and Michelle Forman with Teachers in Boston Using the Internal Coherence Assessment and Protocol

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    Nearly 20,000 Teachers in all 50 States have Registered as Word Generation Users

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    The Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI) Now Offers Eight Units of Study for Struggling Readers in Grades 6-9

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    Catherine Snow Presents to Teachers at Summer Professional Development Sessions

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    Students at Rogers Middle School (Boston) Enjoy a Word Generation Debate

Catalyzing Comprehension through Discussion and Debate

A grant awarded to SERP by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as part of the Reading for Understanding Initiative has allowed a SERP team that includes researchers from Harvard University, Wheelock College, Stanford University, and Boston University, to develop measurement instruments and conduct research on the development of perspective taking, critical reasoning, and academic language for students in grades 4-8, and to study the independent contribution of each factor to reading comprehension. Working with practitioners in districts from Massachusetts, Maryland, and California, the team developed or extended instructional programs and programs of professional development. The team is evaluating the programs’ impact on the hypothesized contributors for a population of students in grades 4-8.

Building Coherence to Sustain Reforms

Beginning in 2007, SERP has collaborated with faculty and doctoral students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and leaders from the Boston Public Schools to develop an assessment of schools’ internal coherence, and protocols to build coherence in the interest of improving instruction and sustaining reforms.

Read more about the current work of SERP@HGSE.