Observation Checklist for High-Quality Professional Development Training

Intended Audience: Observers assessing delivery of professional development

Purpose: The checklist provides a way to determine whether professional development follows adult learning principles. It can also be used to provide ongoing feedback and coaching or as a guidance document when designing or revising professional development. The 22-item tool addresses six domains present in high-quality professional development: Preparation, Introduction, Demonstration, Engagement, Evaluation/Reflection, and Mastery.

To learn more about the checklist and see how it can be used for training development and evaluation, watch this webinar by Dr. Pattie Noonan presented in a webinar series sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and the National Association of State Directions of Special Education. The complete webinar series provides information on each implementation science driver.

Publication: Gaumer Erickson, A.S., Noonan, P.M., Brussow, J. & Supon Carter, K. (2016). Measuring the quality of professional development training. Professional Development in Education. DOI: 10.1080/1941525.2016.1179665.

Instructions: Individual(s) should complete the checklist while observing the delivery of professional development. For each item, check whether that indicator was present in the professional development and provide evidence from the training to support that assessment. Professional development training with a maximum of one item missed per domain on the checklist can be considered high quality.

Citation: Noonan, P., Gaumer Erickson, A.S., Brussow, J.A., & Langham, A. (2015). Observation checklist for high-quality professional development in education [Updated version]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning.

Download: Click here to download a pdf version of the complete survey.