Today’s last piece for our professional development week will come in the way of assessment.
The diagram you see below is an outline for how I work with teachers at assessing professional development for its effectiveness in the classroom. Too often, we go to a PD session, love what we hear (or not), take an exit survey and then it is long forgotten. That’s not effective professional development. That’s a day out of the classroom for nothing. And our time as teachers is too valuable to have it wasted.
But there IS a better way! Yes, exit tickets and surveys are important to find out the immediate impact of a PD session. You have to know whether the presentation was worthwhile. But the bigger question is whether that PD will be put to use immediately in the classroom and what impact it has on student learning and achievement. That’s where this diagram comes in:
The PDF File for this worksheet is here.
By looking at PD and assessing professional development as cyclical, we further improve its direct impact on student learning and teacher growth. Therefore, we need the surveys and exit tickets, but also need to be continually assessing the program through things like walk-throughs, data discussions, peer reviews, and short surveys throughout the year. Have a long term plan when assessing PD and let your teachers know up front what the expectations are. Remember those “non-negotiables” from earlier this week? Those come into play during this process as well.
Professional development is a huge part of improving student learning, achievement and teacher growth. We want to make sure that PD is effective, pertinent, but mostly that it’s being used. This assessment piece is critical to any professional development success.
Have another way to design, implement and assess PD that wasn’t discussed this week? Why not share it below and start some discussion? We’d love to hear from you!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.