11 Ways to Get Teacher Buy-in to Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials have been making waves in schools around the country for several years now. Maybe you’ve had the opportunity to earn them, or see them implemented into professional learning programs.
How to Create Effective Reports for Communicating Professional Development Program Evaluation Results
Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when our professional learning programs were successful? What if we knew more than just the fact that teachers liked the presenter, were comfortable in the room or learned something new?Continue Reading
5 Lessons for Creating Positive Change Through Coherent Teacher Evaluation
What Robla School District learned by upending their teacher evaluations and empowering teacher leaders.
Effective Strategies for Analyzing Professional Development Data: It’s Not As Hard As You Think!
I remember struggling through my college statistics class. Just the term “data analysis” made me cringe. After all, I was going to be a teacher, not a scientist! Now that I’ve spent years collecting and analyzing data I’ve learned, I don’t need to be a statistician to do professional development program evaluation.Continue Reading
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Calculator: How Much Does Teacher Turnover Cost You?
Of all the districts facing a teacher shortage, 34% say it’s because they have an issue with teacher turnover. You know what that means: you have to go searching for new talent each year.Continue Reading
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Professional Development Program Evaluation: Using Surveys, Interviews, Focus Groups and Observations
In the previous article in this series on evaluating teacher professional development, I shared that evaluation questions drive data collection and asked, “How would we know what data to collect, and from whom, if we haven’t settled on the questions we’re asking?” Once we have settled on a small set (about 1-3) of evaluation questions, we set our sights on how to collect data to answer them.Continue Reading
Dr. Jim Knight: Videotaping Lessons as Professional Development for Teachers
Dr. Jim Knight is widely known in the world of instructional coaching. He is president of the Instructional Coaching Group, and author of such books as The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching and High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching.Continue Reading
Evaluating Professional Development for Teachers? Evaluation Questions Are the Linchpin.
Evaluation questions form the cornerstone of professional development program evaluation. They both frame and focus the work, pointing us in the right direction for data collection. After all, how would we know what data to collect, and from whom, if we haven’t settled on the questions we’re asking? Crafting the right questions for a particular evaluation project is critical to an effective evaluation effort.Continue Reading
Micro-Credentials — Frequently Asked Questions
There’s nothing wrong with mandating a certain amount of professional learning for teachers throughout the year. But when meeting a minimum hourly requirement becomes the goal in itself, rather than the means to improving practice, the effectiveness of PD plummets.Continue Reading
3 Surprising Ways to Engage Stakeholders in Evaluating Professional Development (and Ensuring a Quality Evaluation!)
At, Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY, we hired certified trainers to facilitate the 8-day Cognitive Coaching® seminar for all of our teacher leaders. We followed up with monthly collegial circle meetings for them to reflect on their learning, share how coaching sessions were going and practice scenarios with one another to refine their skills. We invited the trainers back for yearly refresher sessions. This program was designed to influence changes in teacher practice and ultimately impact student learning.Continue Reading
Podcast: Collaborative Teams & How We See the World
On our latest episode of Field Trip, the podcast where we share real stories from the front lines of K-12, we hosted Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson, Program Director, and Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and her doctoral student, Christy Joswick-O’Connor, a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College and school administrator in New Jersey.Continue Reading