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Impact of Professional Development – Preschool Teachers

The goal of this study was to examine the efficacy of Tools for Teachers (TfT), a professional development intervention for using embedded instruction with preschool children with disabilities. Embedded instruction involves intentional teaching of individual child learning goals within the context of routine classroom activities.

Prior research has found evidence that this approach can be effective with young children with varying disabilities, but it is not always implemented with fidelity. Therefore, the research team created this professional development program to support teachers in implementing the strategy with children.

This study used a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy of two versions of the TfT professional development program - using on-site coaching versus web-based self coaching - to one another and a control group to determine the impacts on teacher practices and child outcomes.

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