Tools for Identifying and Evaluating Professional Development

Checklist for Providing PD p d f

Use this handy checklist to make certain that your PD services are ensuring effective intervention. Source: Adapted from the Tennessee Reading First Intervention Guide.
Evaluating Professional Development Resources: Selection and Development Criteria p d f

An extensive and thorough tool for the evaluation of PD resources, this publication seeks to streamline what is too often a difficult (if not haphazard) selection process. Included are detailed notes on the criteria development and organizational process, as well as suggestions for the criteria’s use. Source: Building Professional Development Partnerships for Adult Education Project, American Institutes for Research.
The Five Critical Levels of Professional Development Evaluation checklist p d f

Use this handy tool to track and assess the progress of professional development through five evaluation levels. The pertinent questions include “What Questions Are
Addressed?” and “What Is Measured or Assessed?” Source: Evaluating Professional Development by Thomas R. Guskey.
Guidelines for Reviewing a Professional Development Program in Reading workbook p d f

This useful workbook allows users to evaluate indicators across a number of categories—”Content,” “Process,” “Context,” and “Materials”—for the purpose of assessing the completeness of a professional development program in reading. Source: Florida Center for Reading Research.
The Out-of-School Time Resource Center Survey Toolkit p d f

This “compilation of resources and research-based surveys” is a handy tool for developing surveys to evaluate out-of-school time conferences and workshops. Included are tips for creating original surveys as well as customizable versions created and assessed by the OSTRC. Source: Out-of-School Time Resource Center, The University of Pennsylvania.
Steps for Providing PD p d f

This brief outline of steps that might be taken in order to provide professional development can also be used to help school staff evaluate the usefulness of ongoing PD services. Source: Adapted from the Tennessee Reading First Intervention Guide.
Questions to Consider When Choosing Professional Development Training p d f

Use this helpful list of questions to help choose the best and most appropriate professional development training for your school or district. Questions to consider are broken into broad categories related to need, quality, implementation requirements, and cost.


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