JSD, October 2013: Examining impact

Oct 01, 2013



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  • Checklist for evaluation plans
  • 5 questions to inform evaluation planning
  • Professional development evaluation guide
  • Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development
  • What's inside

The impact factor: Why we can't neglect professional learning evaluationDownloadNow_small
By Stephanie Hirsh

When professional learning is aligned with the Standards for Professional Learning, documenting its impact keeps educators focused on what is most important, tells them whether they are on the right track to achieving their goals, and gives evidence to reassure those responsible for investing in it.

Moving in unexpected directions: Texas elementary uses exploratory research to map out an evaluation planDownloadNow_small
By Sue Chapman, Debora Ortloff, Laurie Weaver, Winona Vesey, Mary Anderson, Michael Marquez, and Melissa Sanchez

After a sudden drop in reading scores, leaders at McWhirter Elementary Professional Development Laboratory School in Webster, Texas, chose exploratory action research to take a deeper look at underlying causes and articulate the school's professional learning needs.
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Checks and balances: Built-in data routines monitor the impact of Boston's teacher leader programDownloadNow_small
By Jill Harrison Berg, Christina A. Bosch, Nina Lessin-Joseph, and Phomdaen Souvanna

Created to strengthen teacher leadership, the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate program incorporates time and tools to review data at multiple levels to monitor the program's effectiveness and ensure participant success.

Instructional coach weighs 3 types of data to get triple-strength feedbackDownloadNow_small
By Monica Boehle

Weighing three types of data -- teacher reflective tendencies, student evidence, and evidence of sustained change -- can more accurately show the instructional coach's impact on teacher and student learning.
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Complete the picture: Evaluation fills in the missing pieces that feedback can't provideDownloadNow_small
By Chad Dumas and Lee Jenkins

While feedback is important, evaluation is key to determining what professional learning participants have learned. Two evaluation methods measure knowledge gained and level of implementation.

A convergence of energy and talent: External support boosts New York district's literacy initiativeDownloadNow_small
By Mike Murphy and Linda Sykut

The Webster (N.Y.) Central School District calls on consultants from Learning Forward's Center for Results to help the district plan and implement an elementary literacy initiative.

Make the case for coaching: Bolster support with evidence that coaching makes a differenceDownloadNow_small
By Ellen Eisenberg and Elliott Medrich

Policymakers want to see evidence that coaching makes a difference for teachers and students. Follow these evaluation guidelines to persuade school boards, superintendents, and school leaders that instructional coaching represents a good investment.


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By Tracy Crow
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Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

  • Using student data
  • Improving teacher practice
  • Attracting talent
  • Innovative state models
  • Interactive learning
  • Common Core
  • New Zealand surveys


Conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation.
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Collaborative cultureDownloadNow_small
By Susan Scott and Angela Brooks-Rallins

Deep, honest conversations build trust and strengthen working relationships.
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By Stephanie Hirsh

Stephanie Hirsh asks you to share your success stories online.
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Weave data into learning: Support and planning are key to integrating data use into teacher practiceDownloadNow_small
By Jo Beth Jimerson

To ensure that data becomes a tool used to continually improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment, assign a leader, make sure supports are in place, and include data with other professional learning.

Top skills for tough conversations: Spark effective dialogue to solve complex issuesDownloadNow_small
By Steven A. Schiola

School and district leaders can teach and model the skills necessary to facilitate productive conversations among teachers.