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North Carolina's Schools Attuned program offers teachers an instructional approach that helps increase students' classroom success by assessing strengths and weaknesses that influence learning. Approximately 400 teachers participated in the program's first year, 1998-1999, and an additional 400 began training in 1999-2000. Teams of teachers from a school receive intensive training in the summer, followed by monthly meetings during the school year. In the first program year, the evaluation team worked closely with program developers to refine the evaluation design and determine measurement strategies. During the second implementation year, evaluators are continuing to document the implementation process while placing more emphasis on outcome evaluation. Evaluators have been asked to expand the strategy as Schools Attuned begins operating as a national program. Throughout the evaluation, the collaboration between evaluators and program developers has heightened the evaluation effort. The initial evaluation design benefitted from the input of program developers, and evaluation information shared with program developers allowed for adjustments in program implementation. Evaluators and program developers emerged from the collaboration better able to assess the effects of the Schools Attuned Program. (SLD)

Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Professional Development, Program Evaluation

Author: O-Sullivan, Rita G.; Page, Bethany


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