Prospectus Presentation – Gyimah Whitaker

April 24, 2014 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
College of Education, room 409
30 Pryor Street Southwest
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303

Improving Gifted Pedagogy: Evaluating Knowledge and Implementation of Common Core Professional Learning
by Gyimah Whitaker

In light of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and greater levels of accountability for student growth, Georgia school districts must provide advanced content courses in middle schools that not only meet the standards, but also identify gifted learners. The creation of new curriculum lessons employing the strategies of the Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core (CSES) is one approach that can be used to identify gifted learners.

In order to help ensure effective implementation of the new curriculum, the school district in this study will conduct professional learning on CCSS and gifted education standards. The purpose of this study is to assess if the professional learning made a difference in the participants’ knowledge and implementation of gifted curriculum.

These quantitative research questions will be investigated in the study. A dependent samples t-test will be used to find if there is a significant difference between the pre-and-post test means of CSES knowledge. Descriptive statistics indicating the count, mean, and variance will set up a comparison between (a) the intended frequency of use and (b) the actual implementation, to show the influence of professional training for CSES.