Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence (FLaRE)
The Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence (FLaRE) professional development (PD) study examined the effects of receiving FLaRE support vs. not, and receiving high vs. low levels of support. Results showed no statistically significant impact of FLaRE PD for high schools across Florida, perhaps because comparison schools were doing substantial PD as well. Additional analyses suggested that FLaRE had a positive impact on teacher knowledge and practice, especially (a) using data to inform instruction, (b) trying new instructional strategies, (c) knowledge and skills of new teachers, (d) collaboration among teachers, and (e) willingness of content area teachers to integrate explicit vocabulary and reading comprehension instruction into their lessons. For the smallest schools (the smallest quartile, with fewer than 966 students), adding to current practice 6.5 hours per month of direct, in-classroom modeling and co-teaching by coordinators may increase the number of students reaching highest standards in reading by 10%.