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Symposium - Evaluating the Quality of Professional Development: Implications for Districts and States. Measuring Differences in the Quality of Professional Development. Michael S. Garet Kwang Suk Yoon A merican I nstitutes for R esearch Andrew C. Porter Vanderbilt University. Focus.

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Measuring differences in the quality of professional development

Symposium - Evaluating the Quality of Professional Development: Implications for Districts and States

Measuring Differences in the Quality of Professional Development

Michael S. Garet

Kwang Suk Yoon

American Institutes for Research

Andrew C. Porter

Vanderbilt University


Focus
Focus Development:

  • How to conceptualize and measure the full set of professional development experiences districts offer and teachers participate in


Levels of analysis
Levels of analysis Development:

  • District portfolio of Professional Development (PD)

  • Specific PD activities

  • Specific time-periods during which PD takes place (months, semesters)

  • Teacher collection of PD experiences


Levels of analysis continued
Levels of analysis (continued) Development:

District Portfolio

Other PD

A1

A2

A3

A4

tp1

tp2

tp1

tp2

tp1

tp1

tp2

tp3

Teacher 1 PD

Teacher 2 PD


Features of pd activities
Features of PD activities Development:

  • Structural features

    • Type

    • Duration (contact hours and span)

    • Collective participation

  • Core features

    • Content focus

    • Active learning

    • Coherence


Design of msp evaluation
Design of MSP evaluation Development:

  • 4 MSP projects

  • Within each project, 2 groups of teachers

    • Treatment group: teachers targeted for MSP participation

    • Comparison group: matched teachers or schools


Design of msp evaluation cont
Design of MSP evaluation (cont) Development:

  • Data on professional development collected through Professional Development Activity Log (PDAL)

    • teachers provide 1 log on each activity each month

    • data collected for 15 months (July 2003 - October 2004)


Professional development activity log pdal
Professional Development Activity Log (PDAL) Development:

  • The PDAL is a web-based, self-administered, longitudinal data collection tool for teachers to record their professional development experiences in detail with the assistance of a series of structured prompts

  • Teachers log on to their password-protected web account and fill out their PDAL at regular intervals

  • Visit www.PDAL.net for more information


Pdal data structure teacher by activity by month
PDAL data structure Development: (teacher by activity by month)


Contact hours teacher by activity by month
Contact Hours Development: (teacher by activity by month)






Next steps
Next steps Development:

1. Exploring teachers’ PD experiences

  • Is there a relationship between PD participation and change in instructional practice and achievement? Which teachers receive high-quality PD?


Next steps cont
Next steps (cont.) Development:

2. Using the PDAL to examine specific PD activities and portfolios.

  • Do MSP activities have the intended features? Are some activities of particularly high quality?

    3. Examining the reliability and validity of the PDAL


Contact information
Contact Information Development:

Michael S. Garet

[email protected]

Kwang Suk Yoon

[email protected]

Andrew C. Porter

[email protected]

Visit us

www.PDAL.net


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