How To Collect And Utilize Feedback Data After Your PD Workshops

Post Workshop Surveys

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Susan talk about the end of your Professional Development Cycle.  We spent a ton of time creating our workshops and making sure they are perfect. But, what happens after the workshop.

Today, we will take a look at a variety of uses for our Workshop Feedback Forms. Learn how to create meaningful feedback that is helpful to both your Tech Coaching program and your district and curricular roadmaps for future planning.

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How To Gather Feedback From Your Professional Development Sessions

Why is it important to gather feedback?

  • Get a feel for where your attendees are either before or after a session
  • Figure out where to go next with a particular group or individual
  • For your own personal reflection as a coach to determine how the session went and if it was successful

How do you gather feedback?

  • Watching faces, body language, verbal comments from group/individuals during the sessions – This will tell you a lot about if they are “getting it”
  • Beginning of year Professional Learning Feedback form – Sample from Susan
  • Exit Slip – Paper or digital – Much like we do with students in the classroom at the end of a lesson, why not use exit slips with teachers in a PD session? – Sample from Susan
  • Parking Lot – Paper or digital – teachers have the ability to place questions, comments, concerns on a paper or digital area 
  • End of Year/Term/Semester Feedback Form – Sample from Susan
  • Follow Up Discussions – Verbal and using a school/local hashtag on Social Media through a FB group or Twitter Chat, learning management system, etc.

What types of questions do you ask on feedback forms?

  • How has the session been beneficial?
  • Have they had ample opportunity through the year for the training they need?
  • From George Couros and included and referenced in my sample Exit Slip- “Two Questions to Ask At the End of a Professional Learning Day-
    • What did you learn today?
    • How Will your students know and benefit?
  • Other exit slip questions 
    • Name 1 new skill or idea you learned today you will try in your classroom within the next month.
    • Name 1 thing you would like to learn more about from today’s topic.
  • What other training on tools or concepts would they like to have in future sessions?

Applications to help you gather feedback?

What do you do after you receive survey results?

    • Use the I DO-WE DO-YOU DO approach to encourage teachers to try the skill after watching the tech coach model it, then collaborate on a lesson together, then have the teacher do it for themselves to gain confidence
      • This is a huge component of follow up whether it is from a large group PD session or a one on one/small group – continue the learning with Job-Embedded PD 

Does feedback really do anything to your PD sessions?

  • Use the feedback you are given. Don’t just ask for it and then let it sit. Tailor your coaching to individuals and make them feel that they have a voice and part in their own learning as you give them what they need.

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