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Tool Name
School Change Classroom Observation Scheme (formerly the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement Classroom Observation Scheme [CIERA COS])

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations

Subject
Language Arts specific

Grade
Elementary Grades only

Use of Evaluation
Formative
Summative

URL
There is currently no URL for this instrument.

Developer
This product was developed by Barbara Taylor, University of Minnesota, and P. David Pearson, Michigan State University.

Product Description
This observation tool assesses teacher grouping practices, materials, teacher and student actions, and reading instruction in English and language arts classrooms. The purpose of the observation scheme is to give Grades K–6 teachers data on an observed literacy lesson based on grouping. Another version of this protocol was called the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement Classroom Observation Scheme (CIERA COS).

General Target Population Information
This product was designed to assess Grades K–5 English/language arts classrooms.

Stage of Teacher Development
All Stages

Users
The Center for Reading Research at the University of Minnesota continues to use this observation scheme in its work with schools and in classes at the university.

Research and Resources

Taylor, B. M., Pearson, D. P., Peterson, D. S., & Rodriguez, M. C. (2005). The CIERA School Change Framework: An evidenced-based approach to professional development and school reading improvement. Reading Research Quarterly, 40(1), 40–69.


Cost
The training kit costs $64.95 plus shipping. The more people trained, the more the cost. Approximately six hours of training at $1,000 plus other expenses is required to implement the structure.

Contact Information
CIERA is no longer funded, so the University of Michigan no longer has the observation scheme. The Center for Reading Research at the University of Minnesota continues to use it in its work with schools and in classes at the university. Deb Peterson (612-626-9360) of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research has done all of their training with schools for many years, and she can provide training for schools/districts who want to use it.

Support Available
Training on the use of the classroom observation scheme is conducted through the Center for Reading Research. An expert is sent to the site, and support differs depending on the needs of the district.