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3 Ways Evaluating Your Classified Staff Can Make a Positive Difference in Your School (and Where to Start)
It was always cold when I walked to the bus stop, at least in my memory. Down the hill to the corner store, fumbling with a cassette for my Walkman, lugging a far-too-heavy backpack. Every day of the school year, Ms. Nuse was the first school employee I’d see, and at the end of the day, the last one, too. She was no nonsense, but kind. She drove bus 23.
What Stood Out at Learning Forward 2018
Earlier this month, thousands of educators, school leaders, C&I and professional learning department heads and others descended on the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas for the year’s premiere professional learning event: the annual Learning Forward conference.Continue Reading
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
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5 Lessons for Creating Positive Change Through Coherent Teacher Evaluation
What Robla School District learned by upending their teacher evaluations and empowering teacher leaders.Continue Reading
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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
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
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