Amy started by collecting information about teacher instructional practices and student outcomes to give herself a baseline, planning to collect similar information at the end of the workshop and 5-7 weeks post-workshop.
Having the post-workshop questions in mind helped Amy as she finalized the workshops, and she was able to tailor her workshop to the specific needs of her participants.
“Knowing the questions you are going to ask ahead of time makes you design your workshops with that end result in mind – it’s such a model for instruction that we ask our teachers to use,” Amy said.
Two of Amy’s most popular sessions are Dynamic Teaching and Proactive Teaching, which focus on setting up teachers with implementable strategies to ensure all students are engaged and comfortable in the classroom. Drawing from Guskey’s 5 levels of professional learning evaluation, we were able to delve past participant learning and get information on participant use of new knowledge and skills as well as student learning outcomes.
Amy gathered a follow up data collection 5-7 weeks later after teachers had the chance to implement strategies in their classrooms (post-workshop).