I purposely waited until after I had reflected on how last night's Seminar went to read over the beginning teachers reactions. To evaluate feedback of each Seminar I am using Guskey's level of evaluating professional development. The questions require participants to move quickly from "I feel" (Participants Reactions) to "How I will use..." which I thought would be helpful for beginning teachers to think about. (Level 4: Participants Use of New Knowledge and Level 5: Student Learning Outcomes will be asked before the 2nd Session.)
Level 1: Participants Reactions
Were the activities presented tonight meaningful?
Level 2: Participants Learning
List one or two things you will take from tonight's training that you will try implementing with families.
Level 3: Organization Support & Change
How could you share something from tonight's training at your school site?
The beginning teachers feedback was really strong - not specifically because it was positive but because it provided what they liked about the 60 minute session. They seemed to really enjoy the article (Ruby Payne) and the resources provided (Dr. Joni Samples book). And one of the most reoccuring themes was "having time to talk about how to engage families". What I know about teacher professional development is that we are so pushed for time - that it seems like a luxury to really talk about their own practice. I will be sure to include that in each session!
Ultimately, the "best" pieces from these sessions will create modules that can be incorporated in beginning teacher training.