Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
Through completing a program evaluation in my school I was able to determine the needs for designing and implementing powerful professional development. The program I chose to evaluate was my school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) professional development, which I reflect in ISTE Coaching Standard 4 indicator C. Based on this project, I determined that one of the first “musts” for implementing effective professional development was that there must be an established relationship of trust between teachers, administrators, and district officials. I thoroughly reflect on this necessity in my blog post Building Relationships Between Educators and Administrators on a Foundation of Trust. An overview of my findings include:
Additionally, I had the opportunity to put together a Professional Development and Program Evaluation Toolbox. My favorite resource from this reflection, included below, summarizes various “dos” and “don’ts” for creating a technology rich professional learning program. One highlight of this resource is that it acts as a quick checklist to help quickly determine professional learning needs.
I also had a member of my master’s cohort, Liz Ebersole, share an excellent resource for determining needs, implementing, and evaluating professional development. Liz shared the Office of Educational Technology’s Future Ready Schools resources, which includes extremely valuable resources on all steps of the process for developing professional learning programs. This will be my go-to resource in the future!