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Study of District Practices in the Evaluation of Professional Development Initiatives in the State of Alabama

Southeastern Regional Educational Laboratory/Alabama State Department of Education, (2009)


EPI conducted a study of eight mid-sized Alabama school districts to identify the type of evidence on impact used in selecting and evaluating professional development initiatives. As part of our work, EPI staff prepared an annotated bibliography of descriptive studies on processes of district-level evaluation of professional development and conducted interviews with instructional leaders, district superintendents, and the state deputy superintendent responsible for professional development to determine how districts identify areas of need for professional development, how professional development activities are chosen, and how activity implementation and outcomes are monitored.