Calibrated Peer Review

Dr. Arlene Russell, CPR Project Director-UCLA
Dr. Arlene Russell, CPR Project Director-UCLA, explains how to implement CPR

Teacher Professional Development

November 2004 -- Teachers tapped into cutting-edge educational technology during a three-day Calibrated Peer Review™ workshop sponsored by the Dawn mission. Designed to help teachers integrate writing in the content areas, Calibrated Peer Review™ (CPR) is a suite of integrated, Internet-based tools that enables students to learn by writing and receiving peer feedback. Dr. Arlene Russell (UCLA), Joe Wise (New Roads School), and John Ristvey (McREL) facilitated the July workshop at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

During this three-day intensive, teacher participants experienced CPR assignments from a student’s perspective and learned how to implement the program in their classes. Teachers also previewed activities from the forthcoming science education module The History and Science of NASA’s Dawn Mission while creating assignments to connect CPR, Dawn mission content, and their specific curriculum.

John Ristvey, McREL Dawn E/PO, in classroom setting
John Ristvey, McREL Dawn E/PO, shares an instructional activity that integrates CPR and Dawn content.

The collaboration between teachers and the Dawn Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) team yielded benefits for the classroom. Teachers informed the development of Dawn’s educational materials by sharing their classroom expertise, and Dawn E/PO expanded teachers’ repertoire of effective teaching tools by providing experiences with the Calibrated Peer Review™ program. One workshop participant described the CPR program as "every teacher’s most valuable tool for improving students’ critical thinking and writing." More professional development opportunities featuring Calibrated Peer Review™ will be offered in the future – stay tuned.