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Tips from BESD: What is it you do? Explaining the role of staff development

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 12, 2010

When asked to report on staff development activities, many staff development specialists (SDS) use language that is vague rather than sharing objective data that associate specific evidence with positive outcomes. To do this consistently and without hesitation, SDSs must learn to gather evidence and report on that evidence in a confident manner.

Let's start by adhering to a template that helps guide program analysis in a way that focuses on evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development. Each staff responsibility, whether it's education implementation or committee membership, should be analyzed. Look at the responsibility, objective findings, and comments and recommended revisions.

Editor's note: Subscribers to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development can read the rest of this article in the November 2010 issue.

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