Cheryl Varghese, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Varghese’s research interests include professional development for teachers and coaches, literacy interventions for children, implementation fidelity, and teacher-child relationships/interactions within the context of literacy instruction. She has also examined these research areas within the context of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) frameworks. Her research is focused on improving professional development for teachers and coaches.
Dr. Varghese is currently involved with research and implementation efforts that are part of CLI’s statewide initiatives that focus on early childhood education, professional development (for teachers and coaches), and literacy. These projects include the Early Childhood Education Partnerships (ECEP) and Texas School Ready (TSR). She is also involved with an IES-funded project (Continuous Improvement for Teachers, PI: Dr. April Crawford), which contrasts three different coaching models for pre-k teachers. Her previous work on IES-funded studies focused on supporting the implementation of a literacy coaching-based professional development for struggling readers, including English Learners. Currently, Dr. Varghese is working to develop a comprehensive micro-credential system for early childhood coaches.
Prior to starting at CLI, Dr. Varghese was a research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Intervention Director of the Targeted Reading Intervention (Tier 2 literacy intervention for kindergarten and first grade students).
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