A webcam-based professional-development program for rural teachers in high-poverty schools has the potential to help students improve their reading skills, according to a new study.
The study, published this month in the Journal of Educational Psychology, focuses on Targeted Reading Intervention, a program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
It uses webcams to allow university-based literacy coaches to provide one-on-one, ongoing support to classroom teachers in multiple states. The results showed that struggling readers in the 16 schools studied progressed at the same rate as their more-skilled peers.
A version of this article appeared in the September 25, 2013 edition of Education Week as Teaching Reading