What We Offer
The Tarrant Institute provides a variety of services to help schools
make the transition to engaging, technology-rich teaching and learning.
At the heart of our work is embedded and sustained professional
development customized to the unique goals, strengths and
challenges of our partner schools. Our professional development
coordinators design and lead intensive summer in-service weeks and
customized strands at the Middle
Grades Institute to launch initiatives at our partner
schools. We facilitate faculty meetings, in-service days and
consult during team common planning time throughout the school
year to help teachers develop technology-rich skills, curriculum,
and pedagogy in collaboration with their colleagues. We also offer a graduate course.
Each of our partner schools establishes a teacher-led leadership
team to help us craft a comprehensive professional development
strategy that meets the demands of meaningful school change and
addresses the needs of the faculty. In collaboration with these
teams, we help schools and districts confront obstacles to change
and develop systems that foster ongoing teacher learning. This is
our first step toward creating a school leadership culture capable
of sustaining ongoing and strategic innovation.
Too often, classroom innovation is stifled by tight school
budgets. We offer modest Innovation Grants so our partner teachers
can purchase the technology they need to try creative approaches
to tech-rich learning. We help grant recipients evaluate their
innovation and share their results on-line and at professional
Tarrant Institute researchers have developed a multifaceted
program to examine technology integration in Vermont’s schools. We
study the effects of 1:1 on student engagement, how teachers’ use
of online tools to personalize learning, and how students respond
to technology-rich embodied learning. We also recently launched
the Tarrant Institute Longitudinal Technology Study, the largest
study of its kind in Vermont, to study the impact of professional
development services on technology-rich teaching.
Tarrant Institute staff regularly
publish about our research and other work in academic
journals and education magazines. We present to statewide,
regional and national audiences. We also collaborate with our
partner teachers to publish and present their work to colleagues
around Vermont and beyond.
In addition to this website, the Tarrant Institute maintains
an active blog reflecting the work of its staff and partner
teachers. We host an online tools and resource library, distribute
a monthly e-newsletter and constantly update our twitter feeds
with emerging ideas and opportunities.
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