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Designing developmental evaluation processes to measure professional learning

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Regency BC
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8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Instructional Coaching/Professional Learning

A common challenge for school districts and professional learning organizations is finding effective ways to evaluate the impact of professional learning experiences on pedagogy, and thus, student learning. This presentation will outline the design process used in the initial steps of building a developmental evaluation framework (Patton, 1994; 2011). The process being piloted seeks to measure both transfer and impact rates from professional learning to practice. Using readily available Google G-Suite tools, the evaluation model engages professional learners in the evaluation process by encouraging feedback and participation. The resulting near-real-time data allows professional developers and coaches to tighten instructional feedback loops in order to facilitate more powerful conversations about how to improve student learning experiences in classrooms. Patton, M. Q. (1994). Developmental evaluation. Evaluation practice, 15(3), 311-319. Patton, M. Q. (2011). Developmental evaluation: Applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. Guilford Press.

Learning Outcomes/Next Steps

  • Participants will see how readily available resources can be utilized to quickly gather data to inform the design of professional learning experiences that have a higher probability of transforming classroom practice.
  • Participants will engage in conversation about how developmental evaluation processes could better inform professional learning offerings in their contexts.

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