PLATO course

Lindsay Brown from Stanford University provides professional training for the QUINT researchers in PLATO scoring 19-22 (23) April. The PLATO observation tool is used by the team linked to the project LISA Nordic study.

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Course description

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. 


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.


Monday 19 April

Place (University of Oslo team): Niels Henrik Abels hus, meeting room 600

Zoom link sent individually

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

13.00 – 14.00  Instructional Scaffolding Module, Part II

14.00 – 16.30  Disciplinary Demand Module (with Lindsay Brown 15.00-16:30 on request)

Tuesday 20 April

Place (University of Oslo team): Niels Henrik Abels hus, meeting room 600

Zoom: sent individually

09.15 – 12.00  Contextualizing & Representing Content Module

12:00 – 13.00  Lunch 

13.00 – 15.00  Classroom Management Module

15.00 – 16.30  Practice Scoring/ with Lindsay Brown 

Wednesday 21 April

Place (University of Oslo team): Niels Henrik Abels hus, meeting room 600

Zoom: sent individually

09.00 – 09.30 Q&A

09.00 – 12.00 Practice Scoring Modules (2)

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch 

13.00 – 15.00  Practice Scoring videos

15.00 – 16.30 Q&A with Lindsay Brown 

Thursday 22 April

Place (University of Oslo team): Niels Henrik Abels hus, meeting room 600

Zoom: sent individually

09.00 – 10.00 Final Q&A and tips

10.00 – 12.00  First 3 Reliability videos

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch 

13.00 – 15.00  Second 2 Reliability videos

15.00 – 16.30 Q&A with Lindsay Brown 

Friday 23 April

15.00 – 16.30 Individual certification with Lindsay Brown

Course instructor

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. 


This course is limited to the QUINT researchers.


Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT) and Center to Support Excellence In Teaching (CSET)/Stanford University
Published Mar. 30, 2021 1:32 PM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2021 5:23 PM