During the 2011 Summer Institute, we explored the work of Thomas Guskey and shared his five levels of professional development evaluation. As you continue the work of implementing the standards and working with educators in your LEA/Charter to ensure our pedagogy provides the best learning environment for all students, planning quality professional development and evaluating your professional development are more critical than ever before. Over a year into this initiative, you can now begin to collect data not only from Levels I-III but also from Levels IV-V. These resources will support you as you plan future professional development as well as gather data and evidence from participants in professional development in your LEA/Charter.

Planning Quality Professional Development


Professional Development Award Winning Models: This NCREL tool provides a wealth of support for planning quality professional development. Topics include: Team/Group Process, Goal Setting, Needs Assessment, Activities, Research, Money/Resources, Time, Evaluation, Communications, Basics, and Award Winner Profiles.

Apply Knowledge of Learning: The National Staff Development Council's (NSDC) learning standard reminds us to apply our knowledge of human learning and change when we plan or facilitate professional learning. This standard encourages teacher leaders or coaches to know about and apply their knowledge of how adults learn and how change impacts them.

Implementation: Learning Builds the Bridge between Research and Practice: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change. This resource from Learning Forward provides support with ensuring that professional learning takes place during professional development.

Standards of Professional Learning - Quick Reference Guide: "This is the third version of standards [from Learning Forward] that outline the characteristics of effective professional learning. This edition, drawn from research and based on evidence-based practice, describes a set of expectations for effective professional learning to ensure equity and excellence in educator learning."

Poster and Puzzle Pieces from Facilitative Team Time: Use this poster image and the puzzle pieces with your district, school, and community stakeholders.



Evaluating Professional Development


NSDC Evaluation Guide: This guide, prepared by the National Staff Development Council, urges the planners of professional development evaluation to use this guide to inform evaluation design and to make choices among design options and data collection strategies that will add rigor while, at the same time, recognizing limits in capacity and resources.



The Work of Thomas Guskey


Evaluating Professional Development Article: According to Thomas Guskey, "Just as we urge teachers to plan carefully and make ongoing assessments of student learning an integral part of the instructional process, we need to make evaluation an integral part of the professional development process." This article provides insight into how to evaluate your professional development with fidelity.

Guskey's Five Critical Levels of Professional Development Implementation: This table provides questions to be asked, methods of gathering information, what is measured per each level, and how to use data to make crucial decisions.

Guskey Level 3 Jigsaw Resources for Administrators:This activity was designed for large groups of administrators to develop a better understanding of how Guskey's Level 3 relates to their administrative roles and how they can support the professional development efforts of their teachers.



“The resources provided during the course of the NCDPI Summer Institute 2012 have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during the Summer Institute.”