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Assessing Impact
Evaluating Staff Development

Second Edition
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© 2008 | 256 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Staff Development Council

"Anyone who reads this book has to feel obligated to 'set their world on fire.' The text not only forces the reader to see how we are failing our children and their teachers, it also provides the means for each of us to do better."
—Michael J. Ford, Superintendent
Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, Clifton Springs, NY

Make sure your professional development programs will produce positive outcomes for your school!

Comprehensive in scope, this accessible resource guides staff development teams through a step-by-step process for planning and conducting effective evaluations of staff development programs. In practical language, Assessing Impact, Second Edition, shows educators how to evaluate professional development programs beyond the surface level, looking critically and analytically at their work to discover what is effective and what is not in order to refine their work, strengthen the benefits of staff training for participants, and improve overall student achievement.

Written by a recognized expert in school-based professional learning and coaching, this second edition focuses on documenting the impact of professional learning on student learning and illustrates ways to assess a program's evaluability, formulate evaluation questions, and evaluate the evaluation. The author emphasizes the importance of advance planning in developing quality evaluations and shows school leaders how to create a staff development plan that:

  • Results in an evaluation with greater integrity and usefulness
  • Clearly defines a program's goals and objectives
  • Guides the collection of relevant performance data
  • Increases the likelihood of producing results for students

This user-friendly resource is ideal for school and district staff developers and administrators and includes a CD-ROM with reproducibles and PowerPoint slides for immediate use.

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Evaluation as Normative Practice
 
2. Program Evaluation Overview
 
3. Evaluating Staff Development
 
4. Assess Evaluability
 
5. Formulate Evaluation Questions
 
6. Construct the Evaluation Framework
 
7. Collect Data
 
8. Organize, Analyze, and Display the Data
 
9. Interpret Data
 
10. Disseminate and Use Findings
 
11. Evaluate the Evaluation
 
12. Shifting Perspectives About Evaluating Staff Development
 
A Guide to the Appendices
 
Appendix A. Standards to Guide Evaluations
 
Appendix B. Sample Data-Collection Instruments
 
Appendix C. Staff Development Planning Guide
 
Appendix D. Mapping an Evaluation Step by Step
 
Appendix E. Online Resources for Evaluation
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Anyone who reads this book has to feel obligated to 'set their world on fire.' The text not only forces the reader to see how we are failing our children and their teachers, it provides the means for each of us to do better."

Michael J. Ford, Superintendent
Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, Clifton Springs, NY

Interesting read with some good techniques. Worth considering for evaluation studies

Mr Anthony Goddard
Adult education, Tameside College
February 26, 2012

Solid supplimental resource for junior managers, those new to a leadership position responcible for training in the work place.

Miss Carmel Parker
Laboratory medine, central manchester university hospitals
November 23, 2011

A well written and easy to understand book which explains how to plan and conduct practitioner-based evaluations, in order to focus on student results and to improve staff development programs. Super examples of sample data-collection instruments and a useful staff development guide. I would recommend this book for all teachers and lecturers who are committed to continue improving their practice.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education , Blackburn College
February 18, 2010

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