Bridging the Gap of Teacher's Preparation and Teaching Requirements.

Dear World Language Colleague,

You are being asked to participate in this research study because you are a World Language K-12 educator, methods instructor, or teacher candidate. You are invited to participate in a survey on world language curriculum, assessment and instruction. This study aims to examine current World Language teacher preparation requirements, professional development, and the perception of new assessment paradigms taken by teacher candidates placed at student teaching sites.

 The purpose of this research study is to gather feedback to inform the development of supportive materials for World Language teachers and administrators and close the gap between skills of veteran in-service teachers and those more recently certified. Results of this survey will guide various professional development initiatives in order to address needs in curriculum, assessment and instruction.

 If you agree to participate, you will be asked 27 questions that should take you no more than 15-20 minutes in an anonymous online survey. Usernames or remote computer names will not be retained, stored, or used in data analysis or reporting by those involved in the data analysis and reporting. You can stop at any time by exiting the survey. The survey does not ask for any information that would identify who the responses belong to.

If you are a CUNY student, your willingness to participate in this research study, or your request to withdraw from the research study, will not affect your grades or academic standing with CUNY. You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Investigator. Your participation in this research is voluntary. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Jennifer Eddy at 718-997-5177.  If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or if you would like to talk to someone other than the researchers, you can contact CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dr. Jennifer Eddy
Principal Investigator: NYSED World Language Standards and Professional Development Initiative