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Design and Facilitation of Video-Based Professional Development Programs

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Edited by
Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Florida State University
Mary Kay Stein, University of Pittsburgh 

With the increase in professional development (PD) programs that use video as a means for supporting teachers’ learning and instructional improvement, there is now interest in understanding the thinking and decision making that occur behind the scenes in facilitators’/designers’ minds as they plan and lead PD that capitalizes on the power of video. This special issue brings together four effective video-based PD programs, two in mathematics and two in science. Each paper presents a study of one of these four programs, representing one of Borko’s (2004) 3-phases of research on PD. The papers include analysis and discussion of facilitator’s moves, tools and frameworks for designing and orchestrating video-based PD programs, and strategies and resources used for effective facilitator preparation.

Guest Editorial

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Published on: 20 November 2017



A framework for planning and facilitating video-based professional development

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Miray Tekkumru-Kisa and Mary Kay Stein

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Published on: 21 November 2017



The role of video-based discussion in model for preparing professional development leaders

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Hilda Borko, Janet Carlson, Charmaine Mangram, Robin Anderson, Alissa Fong, Susan Million, Suki Mozenter and Anthony Muro Villa

International Journal of STEM Education 2017 4:29
Published on: 22 November 2017



Preparing facilitators to use and adapt mathematics professional development materials productively

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Jennifer Jacobs, Nanette Seago and Karen Koellner

International Journal of STEM Education 2017 4:30
Published on: 23 November 2017



Design principles for effective video-based professional development

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Kathleen J. Roth, Jody Bintz, Nicole I. Z. Wickler, Connie Hvidsten, Joseph Taylor, Paul M. Beardsley, Arlo Caine and Christopher D. Wilson

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Published on: 24 November 2017



Bringing facilitation into view

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Elizabeth A. van Es and Miriam Gamoran Sherin

International Journal of STEM Education 2017 4:32
Published on: 25 November 2017