PLATO course

Lindsay Brown and Melissa Scheve from Stanford University provide professional training for the QUINT researchers in PLATO scoring 23-27 September. The PLATO observation tool is used by the team linked to the project LISA Nordic study.

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Course description

The University of Oslo training will take place over five days. Raters will first be introduced to the factor structure that each element belongs to, then to each element within the factor. In the video-based training, raters will observe a clip designed to represent each score point (1 through 4) for each element and practice scoring at the end of each factor. Raters must reach a total of 70% reliability after two rounds of reliability testing with expert remediation between each round. 

About PLATO

The Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO)

PLATO is primarily designed as a research tool rather than a diagnostic or evaluative tool for schools or districts. The training allows the research team to review in detail each element and its components.

The PLATO protocol covers 4 instructional domains- Disciplinary Demand of Classroom Talk & Activity, Contextualizing and Representing Content, Instructional Scaffolding, and Classroom Environment- and 13 elements of instruction identified by research on adolescent literacy and effective instruction in ELA. Each element is scored separately on a 1-4 scale. Because the elements are designed to capture different aspects of ELA instruction, teachers are not expected to score high on every element for every 15-minute segment. In addition, PLATO captures the content of instruction (writing, reading, literature, grammar, etc.) and activity structures (whole group, small group, independent work, etc.) for each 15 minute segment.

Programme

Monday 23 September

Place: University of Oslo Library building, Georg Sverdrup, room LINKEN

09.00 – 10.00  Introduction/ overview PLATO training/ PLATO framework and modules

10.00 – 11.00   Instructional Scaffolding Module, Part I

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch (Sverdrup spiseri)

13.00 – 14.00  Instructional Scaffolding Module, Part II

14.00 – 16.00  Disciplinary Demand Module

Tuesday 24 September

Place: University of Oslo Library building, Georg Sverdrup, room LINKEN

09.15 – 12.00  Contextualizing & Representing Content Module

12:00 – 13.00  Lunch (Sverdrup spiseri)

13.00 – 15.00  Classroom Management Module

15.00 – 16.00  Practice Scoring

Wednesday 25 September

Place: University of Oslo, Niels Henrik Abels building, 6th floor, meeting rooms: 621 and 600

09.15 – 12.00 Practice Scoring, Cont'd

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch 

13.00 – 16.00  Reliability Test I

Thursday 26 September

Place: University of Oslo, Niels Henrik Abels building, 6th floor, meeting rooms: 621 and 600

09.15 – 12.00  Reliability Test debrief, Whole-Group

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch 

13.00 – 16.00  Small-Group debriefs / Practice Scoring

20:30 Social gathering - Akerselva: River walk by torchlight

Friday 27 September

Place: University of Oslo Library building, Georg Sverdrup, room LINKEN

09.15 – 12.00 Small-Group debriefs / Practice Scoring

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch, Niels Henrik Abels' building

13.00 – 16.00 Reliability Test II

Course instructors

Lindsay Brown has been working with the PLATO team for 10 years, beginning as a data collector in the first external PLATO study in New York City. She later became the research project manager, and co-designed the first online version of the training as part of the Measures of Effective Teaching Study. She currently works at New York University, where she focuses on flexible and scalable teaching and coaching strategies for crisis and conflict contexts. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University. 

Melissa Scheve, a National Board certified high school English teacher with two decades of classroom experience, is currently the project director for Stanford University’s Hollyhock Fellowship Program, which supports early-career educators across America who teach in historically underserved communities. Hollyhock uses practice-based pedagogical approaches to support teachers in developing high-impact instructional practices that impact student achievement.


This course is limited to the QUINT researchers.

Organizer

Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT) and Center to Support Excellence In Teaching (CSET)/Stanford University
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