4. Professional Development & Program Evaluation

develop, verb: 1) to make active or promote the growth of; 2) to lead or conduct (something) through a succession of states or changes each of which is preparatory for the next

“Technology coaches conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs and evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning” (ISTE 2011).

Every school’s journey will be unique. The Digital Education Leader needs to preserve the institution’s journey through documentation of the history and processes of technology plan drafting and implementation. The DEL also needs to continuously gather information from faculty and students about the effectiveness of the program and ideas about current readiness and next steps.

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.

Works Cited

  1. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.

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