4. Professional development and program evaluation

Technology coaches conduct needs assessments,
develop technology-related professional learning
programs, and evaluate the impact on instructional
practice and student learning.

Professional development and program evaluation is a standard that is very important for any department that is entrusted with the professional learning of teachers. It seems like this work is never finished. There are always new programs, instructional practices and technology. ISTE-C standard 4 charges coaches and departments that support teaching and learning with seeking input about the professional learning that they offer and then using the information they gather to respond with professional learning that is valued by teachers and based on that input, and other principles of adult learning. Finally, after professional learning is delivered it can be evaluated based on effectiveness on deepening content knowledge, improving pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning. It is a cyclical process that should be revisited often to provide research based, effective professional learning programs. During our winter 2018 quarter I was able to complete my own program evaluation related to this standard, and that helps me to demonstrate competency, but I will also refer to ongoing work that is a part of my current position. It is certainly true that I feel better prepared to consider the indicators of ISTE-C standard 4 because of the work we have completed in the DEL program. However, in addition, I’m relieved that as a department we are focused on the needs of the adult learner in order to best support teachers in our district.

To read more about my experiences with this standard please click on a performance indicator below.

a. Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning

b. Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment

c. Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning