This paper describes the use of the Collaborative/Cooperative Model of staff development as a means for providing content knowledge and pedagogical skills to middle school teachers. The study involved four sequential one-year projects to increase science (and related mathematics and literacy) content knowledge and skills. The research question addressed: What is the most effective staff development model to provide science (and related mathematics and literacy) content knowledge and skills to middle school teachers? The study involved an intensive two week workshop at the beginning with on-going electronic and formal university based follow-up activities. Using pre-and post testing, participating teachers were found to have significant gains in content knowledge and growth in implementation of content and skills.
Tannahill, Catherine and Day, Jeanelle, "Building a successful partnership between a university and local school districts." (2010). NERA Conference Proceedings 2010. Paper 1.