Webinar: Micro-credentialing and Teacher Professional Learning (October 17, 2018)
As district leaders seek new and improved ways to advance educator professional development, many are considering incorporating micro-credentials into their districts’ professional learning systems or are in the early stages of piloting them. This webinar provides evidence-based information on micro-credentials and how best to use them to support teacher learning. The webinar also presents lessons learned from early adopters about the design and implementation of these programs. View event details.
Webinar: Using Cost Analysis to Inform Decisions About Professional Learning (January 11, 2018)
This webinar explores cost analysis methods in educational decision making and how districts can use these methods to select programs or inform resource allocation for professional learning programs. Drawing from resources such as a recently published REL report, “The Critical Importance of Costs for Education Decisions,” and CostOut, an online toolkit funded by IES, Dr. Fiona Hollands, Associate Director of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University, discusses why cost analysis is important, the types of cost metrics that are useful for decision making, and four methods for cost analysis. Two district leaders from Maine share a professional learning intervention they are considering, and Dr. Hollands uses the scenario to demonstrate how cost estimates can be combined with other information to answer different types of policy and practice questions. View event details.
Webinar Series: Planning for High-Quality Evaluation of Professional Learning
This three-part training series focuses on planning for and executing high-quality program evaluations of educator professional learning and development. Session 1 (October 11, 2017) covers the basics necessary to plan a good program evaluation, such as creating a logic model. Session 2 (November 16, 2017) focuses on the connection between evaluation questions and data collection methods, and planning for data collection during evaluation. Session 3 (January 25, 2018) explores data analysis and how districts can use the results of an evaluation to inform decisions. View event details.