Using a randomized control design, Michelle Porche will conduct an evaluation of the Boston Ready professional development intervention to test its effectiveness.

University of Massachusetts, Institute for Community Inclusion is the primary recipient of this partnership grant with Boston Public Schools and Wellesley College (Wellesley Centers for Women) for an Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program Award. Using a randomized control design, Michelle Porche will conduct an evaluation of the Boston Ready professional development intervention to test its effectiveness. Over the course of this three-year project, Boston Ready professional development for teachers is designed to help them prepare 2,500 children from disadvantaged families, with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and/or challenging behaviors, for kindergarten. Professional development includes training and coaching in early literacy, math, and socio-emotional curricula, as well as training in Universal Design, and access to college coursework.