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Phase II

THECB Transition Project at Texas State University-San Marcos

Phase II Pilot Study

Second White Paper FINAL Study 2011 Complete

Phase II of this research project will include a focused study on practitioners. The purpose of this study is to develop College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) may be used to guide how programs bring students to college a deeper understanding of what college readiness entails, and how professional development based on the Texas readiness and help the students transition into and succeed in post secondary education.  This study intends to answer the following research question: How does professional development for postsecondary transition models designed with the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards in mind look?  Specific research questions include:   

  1. How do ABE programs understand college readiness in relation to CCRS?
  2. How do ABE education providers determine when the students are ready to transition into and succeed in college?
  3. What professional development activities have the programs initiated, and how have they modified them to suit the needs of assisting students in transitioning to postsecondary?
  4. What is the state of professional development for ABE teachers in relation to the CCRS at each of the program sites?
  5. How are teachers implementing the CCRS and Cross-Disciplinary Standards (CDS) in their classrooms to help their students develop the skills needed to transition into and succeed in college?
  6. How do teachers and administrators determine the benefit of professional development to their programs?


Pilot Study

Face to Face Orientation

Orientation activities were carried out at 4 sites:  Del Mar College, Midland College, Austin Community College and Northside ISD.   These orientation sessions were conducted with both day and evening teachers to accommodate all aspects of the programs.   The sessions introduced the Texas College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and all participants signed institutional review board consent forms and participant agreements.  At the end of the presentation, participants responded to 3 specific interview questions designed to assess their pre-knowledge of CCRS.  The 29 participants for the 3-hour orientation sessions included (a) 2 transition specialists/advisors (b) 1 Capital Idea instructor, (c) adult education teachers – 3 ESOL and 13 ABE/ASE, (d) 3 developmental education teachers, (e) 4 adult education administrators (3 directors and 1 coordinator), (f) 2 counselors and (g) 1developmental education administrator.  

 Online Participation

Teachers will participate in virtual (on-line) professional development sessions on a weekly basis for 9 weeks beginning on April 12 – June 30, 2010. Starting dates will vary depending on to their participation in the orientation activities in relation to the general start date.  All sessions will require 3-4 hours of the individual participant each week.   Participants will work on readings assignments related to the Cross Disciplinary Standard (CDS).  An online program/software -TRACS (Teaching, Research, and Collaboration System) will be used and all participants would download weekly reading assignments and participate in weekly forum discussions where they will answer specific questions on reading assignments.  They will also reflect on how they would implement the CSDs in their adult education classroom. 

Dates Cross Disciplinary Standards
Beginning on April 12 through June 30, 2010 (Specific dates will vary according to program schedule ) Key Cognitive & Foundational Skills
Week One: Writing across the Curriculum - Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader
  Authors: Shaughnessy, Emig, Lunsford
Week Two: Reading across the Curriculum - Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research
  Authors: Simpson, Frances, Holschuh, Aultman, Jackson
Week Three: Research across the Curriculum – The Craft of Research Authors: Booth, Colomb and Williams
Week Four: Use of Data - Introduction to Research Methods in Education, Author: Keith Punch
  Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approach Author: John Creswell
Week Five: Technology – Adult Learning Methods: A Guide for Effective Instruction Authors: White & Bridwell
Week Six: Intellectual Curiosity, Reasoning, Problem solving, Academic Behaviors, Work habits, Academic integrity-
  Academic Transformation: The Road to College Success, Authors: Sellers, Dochen, Hodges
  Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Management Approach Author: Dembo, & Seli
  On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, Author: Skip Downing
  College Knowledge, Author: David T. Congley
Week Seven: Performance Indicators – How would you use CDS indicators in classroom/would you add any indicators?
Week Eight: Performance Indicators – Extend to Other Standards (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
Week Nine: Cross Disciplinary Standards – Extension Work/Extra Time to complete assignments /Pilot Study Post Assessment