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Professional Development Design and Evaluation Services
EdTech Associates provides Professional Development Design and
Evaluation Services for the K-12 community. We have experience in the design, development,
evaluation and implementation of sustainable 21st Century Classrooms. Areas of expertise include:
- The Autism and Technology Program
- The 21st Century Classrooms Program in Literacy, Math and Science
Take a closer look at a sustainable professional development model to
create 21st Century Digital Learning Environments where all students can achieve.
Tools for Learning: A 21st Century Professional Development Model
Kathleen McClaskey of EdTech Associates, Inc. &
Joyce LaTulippe of The EdValuate Group
Tools for Learning is a 21st Century Professional Development Model
designed to improve instructional practice of teachers and the independent learning
skills of students in preparation for college and career. The professional development
plan and related activities that will support the project goals for the 21st Century
classroom includes a comprehensive plan for training Siena teachers in the "Tools for
Learning" Professional Development Model. This hybrid professional development model
(face-to-face, on-site and online) includes a set of face-to-face training sessions in
combination with onsite consultation and training to provide a foundation of skills
for teachers to implement the "Tools for Learning" Toolkit. Included in this model
is a Moodle site to offer universal online support, resources and activities, and for
the facilitation of a professional learning community.
- Teaching - development of universally designed, multi-sensory lessons and
instructional strategies by effectively integrating technologies from the "Tools
for Learning" Toolkit to teach all learners.
- Learning - development of independent learning skills and strategies in daily
practice by using a range of technologies from the "Tools for Learning" Toolkit.
The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and
Performance Indicators will be used to measure the outcomes for students, teachers
and administrators. In addition, the 21st Century Learning Skills published by the
Partnership for 21st Century Learning will also be used to measure the 21st Century
skills needed by The Siena School students to be college and career ready. These
referenced documents can be viewed online:
NETS for Students,
NETS for Teachers,
NETS for Administrators and
The 21st Century Learning Skills.
TOOLS FOR LEARNING: A 21ST CENTURY MODEL FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The 21st Century Model for Professional Development is guided
by a Theory of Change conducted over Five Stages of Transformation:
- Stage I - Planning for Change: Project participants engage in an analysis of the school
culture and community investment while charting the trajectory of the school’s readiness
and plans for change.
- Stage II - Initiating Change: Based on the identified needs, goals and the objectives
of all project stakeholders, training activities are conducted in a variety of formats
(on-site and online).
- Stage III - Confirming Change: During this stage, teachers integrate the tools in
universally designed, multi-sensory lessons and instructional strategies to meet identified
- Stage IV - Sustaining Change: Project stakeholders review project goals, output and
evidence of change to confirm improvement in student outcomes and the impact that these
changes have had on the school community.
- Stage V - Scaling Up: Identification of deep, transformative and consequential changes
in instructional practices that lead to improved educational outcomes for students.
Professional Development activities focus on the following:
- Re-envisioning the school as an all-digital learning environments with emphasis on
research-based, 21st Century teaching and learning tools and methods.
- Increasing access to all curricular and support materials to make teaching and learning
both transparent and transferrable from school to home and the broader learning community
- Using open sources tools to increase communication and access to the school and
curriculum as an inclusive teaching and learning community.
- Emphasizing on the scale of innovation; identifying best practices and replicable
models for wider adoption by other schools serving the needs of diverse learners
- Referencing and using National Standards (ISTE/NETS) for teachers, administrators
and key support personnel.
Please contact EdTech Associates if you would like more information about these
Professional Development Design and Evaluation Services.