Week 5 Discussion

This week’s discussion centered around the program planning cycle.

planning cycle

Program Cycle from Chapter 3 in B&D text. Graphic courtesy of Megan Jacobson, former 505 student.

Our mission for the week: Discuss the graphic above (from p. 51) and/or Table 3.1 – Program Planning Cycle and Evaluation Activities (pp. 62-3). Pros/cons. Something you disagree with? Where does “monitoring” occur? Anything missing? Bring in any prior experience you might have with such a planning cycle.

Will this model fit with the program/project you discussed in the chapter 1 and the subsequent assignments? Other aspects of chapter three you’d like to discuss? Other planning cycles you’ve used?

Here is my initial response:

At first thought, I didn’t think I had any experience w/ the evaluation process, but realized that the process of NEASC recertification that our high school did the last two years followed the cycle (to some degree).  I was unaware of the cycle, and was only involved in small piece, but I see how that process fit the cycle mow that I am learning about evaluation.

First, as a staff, we developed our core mission statement (organizational goals)

We then broke into groups by, and each group evaluated our school against one set of  the NEASC standards.  From there, all the groups reported their findings and the coordinators created a needs analysis. (needs assessment)

Next the official NEASC visiting committee came to our school, reviewed our report and gathered additional evidence.  Using our formative assessments and their findings, they created a final report w/ both commendations and recommendations for the school.

The process is still ongoing as we look for ways to implement the NEASC suggestions.

I can see how our administrators had an evaluation plan, although at the time I had no idea.  I saw it more as a task list to accomplish.  I see the process overall as beneficial, but I can see how the evaluation piece can be left out of the planning process, which will only hinder the process as it proceeds.

Will this model fit with the program/project you discussed in the chapter 1 and the subsequent assignments? Other aspects of chapter three you’d like to discuss? Other planning cycles you’ve used?

Applying this model to the teacher website (my own) I plan to evaluate will work for portions.

Organizational Goals: One of the core values of MHS is “The MHS student will use technology effectively.” I see evaluating a teacher website as part of this as the teacher can model effective use of technology, and can encourage students to utilize the tools.

Needs Assessment: A formal needs assessment was not done prior to the creation of the website.  The teacher (me) thought having a class website would help students be more organized, and take more responsibility for learning, but did not think of formal needs or the evaluation process when creating the website.

Program Planning: From prior years surveys and websites, the teacher determined that students wanted to access grades, see homework assignments, and access documents such as notes.  From these older surveys, the teacher created a website that included a weekly agenda (classwork & homework), current grades, and links to notes and websites.

Implementation and Formative Evaluation: The teacher created the website during the first trimester of the school year.  Based on student feedback, the website evolved for the second trimester.  One big adjustment is that the teacher updates the website as plans change to reflect accurately what was done in class each day.   Other changes included adding more course documents such as worksheets and handouts.

Summative Evaluation: This will be the final report done as part of this class and will determine if the goals are being met.

The goals are:

1.      increase student ownership for their work,

2.      increase their interaction with the course content,

3.      give students the ability to prepare for class,

4.      review the material from prior lessons,

5.      have access to information when absent from class

Thanks for reading this.

CC

As usual, my peers gave me some excellent feedback, and I feel like I am beginning to get a better idea on how to focus on the objectives for evaluation.

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