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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Evaluating Professional Development

I'm in the process of writing an article on evaluating professional development experiences and am looking for examples of effective/unique evaluation procedures for measuring the impact of professional development on student learning. What evaluation methodologies are you using that help you draw a direct link between professional development and increased student learning? If you have such a program in your district, and you would like to promote it, I'd be glad to feature it. Leave a comment or contact me directly at

Have a safe and restful holidays.


  • At 8:02 PM , Blogger Miguel said...

    David, you need to take a look at Guskey's 5 levels. You can find a chart online at:

    Most of us evaluate professional development at levels 1-2, maybe 3 if we're lucky. But seldom are professional development efforts assessed at level 4 and/or 5. This is especially true of technology integration workshops...the product of a digital storytelling workshop is easy to see, but how many teachers who attend your session on Digital Storytelling actually go back and do something with what they've supposedly learned?

    I'm referring to tech workshops offered at the District level, as opposed to campus-based. At the campus, there's a greater hope of seeing change since the facilitator has rapport with fellow teachers....

    what do you thinK?

    Miguel Guhlin


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