Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development

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Corwin Press, 2008 - Education - 237 pages
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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, show 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; and 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.

 

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About the author (2008)

Joellen Killion is the deputy executive director of the National Staff Development Council. In her work with NSDC, Killion focuses on improving teaching quality and student learning. She has been director of NSDC’s highly acclaimed NSDC Academy and its new Coaches Academy for school-based staff developers. She also has managed numerous other pieces of work, including the council’s initiatives in results based staff development, evaluating staff development, and it's Results Skills for School Leaders project.

Killion is coauthor with Cindy Harrison of Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches (NSDC, 2006). She is the author of the first edition of Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development (NSDC, 2002) and NSDC’s three-volume results-based What Works staff development series. She was featured in the School Improvement Network/VideoJournal programs Instructional Coaching and Designing and Evaluating Professional Development.

In 1997–2001, her examination of schools that received the U.S. Department of Education’s Model Professional Development Awards resulted in the publication of Teachers Who Learn, Kids Who Achieve: A Look at Model Professional Development (WestEd, 2000). She is also the author of E-Learning for Educators: Implementing the Standards (NSDC & NICI, 2000) and numerous articles published in JSD.

Killion is a former school district staff developer, curriculum coordinator, and teacher in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in suburban Denver. She was a member of NSDC’s Board of Trustees and served a term as president. She lives in suburban Denver.

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