New Tech Network Research and Measurement, September 2020
Bergeron, L., Boesche-Taylor, B., & Bogdan, C. (2020). Adult Capacity Building and Change Management Across Schools and Districts: Evidence from the Quality Assurance Evaluation. New Tech Network, Napa, CA.
Launched in 2019, the NTN quality assurance infrastructure was developed in consultation with Tom Guskey. Guskey is a professor, AERA Fellow, and author of 18 books and over 200 articles, including the seminal text (2000), Evaluating professional development. The NTN QAI provides a framework to understand the professional learning experiences of NTN educators and evaluate conditions for lasting change. Professional development is implemented with the goal of improving learning experiences for students. Professional development is considered a key driver of successful school level change and development (Day, 1999). The NTN Quality Assurance Infrastructure is informed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE)’s Program Evaluation Standards, Learning Forward’s (formerly National Staff Development Council) Standards for Professional Learning, and Guskey’s 5 Critical Levels of Professional Development Evaluation (Guskey, 2000). The NTN model provides support over a sustained duration (see Darling-Hammond, Hyler, and Gardner, 2017) and because professional learning is not an isolated process, neither is evaluation of professional learning. The NTN approach supports and sustains adult shifts over time and learning objectives are met during the planning event and sustained through the implementation events. Evidence supports consistent high quality virtual and in-person adult learning.