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Staff Development I

  1. 1. Planning, Building, Presenting & Evaluating a Staff Development Program for Technology Leigh Zeitz Coordinating Technology in Educational Settings
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Question is . . . </li></ul><ul><li>What is Staff Development? </li></ul><ul><li>What do YOU think? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Staff Development is . . . </li></ul><ul><li>An organized process in which employees are actively engaged in </li></ul><ul><li>acquiring, upgrading or abandoning </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge, attitudes & skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Elements of a Tech Staff Development Plan <ul><li>Integration of emerging technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Planned, ongoing, & comprehensive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Involve the leaders </li></ul>
  5. 5. Elements of a Tech Staff Development Plan <ul><li>Technology-based learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>Part of a Tech Plan </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Your Technology Staff Development Plan must be dictated . . . by your staff’s needs and by your institution’s technology plan. </li></ul>Contents of a Staff Dev Plan
  7. 8. Staff Needs <ul><li>Assessment Instrument </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Needs Assessment Questionnaire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analyze in spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schoolwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By department </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Student Needs <ul><li>Process writing </li></ul><ul><li>Digital portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curricular thematic experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Intercultural experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfill subject standards </li></ul>
  9. 10. Your Technology Staff Development Plan Depends Upon: <ul><li>Present hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Peopleware </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Staff development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Improvement funds </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Planning the Program <ul><li>What to cover in staff dev </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform gap analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results-driven staff development. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who to include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't limit it to the teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Who are the stakeholders? <ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Office Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Support Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Board Members </li></ul><ul><li>Community Members </li></ul>
  12. 13. Often Staff Dev is Limited <ul><li>But, what are the factors that limit a successful staff development program? </li></ul>
  13. 14. Limiting Factors <ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Location of workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials & equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials available to attendees upon return to daily life </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Limiting Factors <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Length </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During school hours? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free time given to attendees for planning to use newly-acquired skills </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Limiting Factors <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good planning = Good staff dev. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Money isn't THE problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medium for acquiring resources, time and planning </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Policy MUST be Decided 1st! <ul><li>Mandatory vs Voluntary </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation vs. </li></ul><ul><li>No-Compensation </li></ul><ul><li>During School Hours vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Outside School Hours </li></ul>
  17. 18. Mandatory vs Voluntary <ul><li>Mandatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good to use as introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides common baseline of knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Mandatory vs Voluntary <ul><li>Voluntary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better attitude about it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not everyone is involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly motivated </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Compensation vs. No-Compensation <ul><li>Compensation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies high level of importance placed by admin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionalism </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Types of Compensation <ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>Federal/state funds </li></ul><ul><li>Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Credit towards advancement </li></ul><ul><li>Free Computers/Technology </li></ul>
  21. 22. During vs. Outside School Hours <ul><li>During school hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monetary compensation - not an issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty in-service days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early release days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Super Subs </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. During vs. Outside School Hours <ul><li>Not during school hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Out-of-hide time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only highly-motivated teachers attend (unless mandatory) </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Workshops <ul><li>When </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before - After School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Release Days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stipends for Summer Workshops </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Presenting a Technology Staff Development Program <ul><li>Workshops are </li></ul><ul><li>Not </li></ul><ul><li>Enough!!! </li></ul>
  25. 26. Workshop Components <ul><li>Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul>
  26. 27. Effects on Attendees <ul><li>Knowledge Level </li></ul><ul><li>Skill Level </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of Workshop Learning to the Classroom </li></ul>
  27. 28. Joyce and Showers (1995) <ul><li>No Transfer of workshop learning to the classroom unless theory and practice was accompanied by feedback and/or coaching! </li></ul>
  28. 29. Strategies for Staff Development <ul><li>Redefine the Learner </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers of Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Through Other Media </li></ul>
  29. 30. Learning through Other Media <ul><li>Videotape </li></ul><ul><li>Audiotape </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-Based </li></ul><ul><li> Instruction (CBI) </li></ul><ul><li>Paper-Based Modules </li></ul><ul><li>On-Line </li></ul>
  30. 31. Evaluation <ul><li>Each Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Staff Dev Program </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in Staff Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in Classroom Teaching Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements in Students’ Skills. </li></ul>
  31. 32. Evaluate Each Workshop <ul><li>Effectiveness of Instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop format </li></ul><ul><li>Activities and Materials used </li></ul><ul><li>Applicability of material covered </li></ul><ul><li>Instrument for additional input </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What additional information needed? </li></ul></ul>
  32. 33. Evaluate the Complete Staff Development Program <ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which workshops have appeal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who attended? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific groups like specific topics? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshop Evaluations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfied with instruction? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What works? What doesn’t? </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. <ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word on the Street? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it valued? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an informal network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use secretaries and other staff members </li></ul></ul>Evaluate the Complete Staff Development Program
  34. 35. Evaluate the Change in the Staff’s Skills <ul><li>Real test of success </li></ul><ul><li>Look for application and actual changes </li></ul><ul><li>Survey staff after 2 months: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you use the skill Often?, Sometimes, Rarely? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If they use it, you were successful! </li></ul>
  35. 36. Look for Changes in Teaching Practice <ul><li>Look for relative change - Not Absolute </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a “Developmentally Appropriate Approach to Learning Technology” </li></ul>
  36. 37. Improve Students’ Skills <ul><li>Only recently looking at student improvement to evaluate staff development. </li></ul><ul><li>Ironic - only reason to do staff development is to improve the learning environment for students. </li></ul>
  37. 38. Improve Students’ Skills <ul><li>Involves a great deal of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at Standards and Benchmarks. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rethinking learning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restructuring learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators who want to change . . . </li></ul></ul>
  38. 39. Summation <ul><li>Staff Development requires: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careful Scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Forms of Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation and Revision </li></ul></ul>
  39. 40. Any Questions?

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