Making Professional Development Work for Preschool Classroom Teams Serving Students With ASD: Adapting a PD Model Using Normalization Process Theory

This study will iteratively develop and test an adapted professional development (PD) model to be used with the Advancing Social-communication And Play intervention. Special education research suggests that current PD models may not sufficiently improve educator practice and student outcomes, or lead to sustained implementation. We propose that iteratively developing a PD model grounded in Normalization Process Theory (an implementation science approach in complex health interventions) will result in a PD model that is more feasible for preschool educational teams and more effective in changing educator practices and student outcomes. The study will include three phases: (1) feedback and adaptations, (2) design experimentation, and (3) a pilot efficacy study.

FPG Project Staff:
Jessica R. Dykstra Steinbrenner, Principal Investigator
Stephanie S. Reszka, Co-Principal Investigator
Linda R. Watson, Co-Principal Investigator
W. Oscar Fleming, Implementation Specialist
Laura J. Kuhn, Advanced Research Scientist
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Funding Period: 07/01/2020 - 06/30/2024
Amount Awarded To Date: $307,005
Total Award Amount: $1,399,972