The Professional Development Model
The five components of the OU Professional Development Model are:
- appropriate environment
- research-based curriculum
- differentiated coaching
- progress monitoring
- content knowledge
Each component of the model is necessary for optimal learning to occur; however alone, none are sufficient to create the “optimal learning sector” (OLS), for acceleration. This evidence-based model has been implemented in several research projects including four Early Reading First (ERF) studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Appropriate environment includes aspects found within evidence-based pre-school curricula. These aspects encompass a safe and interesting physical environment (e.g., interest centers, literacy rich displays of children’s work, classroom library and writing center, alphabet display, etc.); a daily routine, with small and large group time, that incorporates literacy as part of both focused and indirect instruction; and a classroom community in which oral language is stressed for relation building as well as problem-solving.
The ERF curriculum stresses early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success. Pre-reading skills include oral language development, phonological awareness, print awareness, and alphabet knowledge.