ATLAS Study Shows Impact on Teacher Candidates’ Practice
ATLAS, from the National Board, is a video case library that demonstrates effective approaches to teaching and makes accomplished practice accessible for in-service and pre-service teachers. Each case features a board certified teacher in the classroom. More than 1,300 cases include authentic unedited video, the teacher’s written reflection about the lesson, and related instructional materials.
A recent study found that teacher candidates who used ATLAS indicated ATLAS activities had a moderate to major effect on planning, instruction, and assessment. 93% of teacher candidates remarked that ATLAS was helpful in using assessment to inform instruction. The study sought to answer two questions:
- What are teacher candidates’ perceptions of ATLAS’s influence on their thinking about planning, instruction, and assessment?
- In what ways, if at all, does the ATLAS written commentary help teacher candidates attend to and reason through important events within classroom activity?