“During my tenure as Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the Norwalk Public Schools I had the opportunity to work very closely with CREC staff with regard to a follow-up Special Education Program Review. CREC paid close attention to the input of staff and parents, and made sure that the report was truly reflective of the work being done by faculty and staff with children and their families. At all times I felt that there was clear and constructive dialogue; something that was extremely helpful as the final report was developed and the presentation to the Board of Education made.”
- Pauline Smith
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
The Blueprint: Building Powerful Special Education Practices
Facilitation and Presentation Certification
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About Audit and Program Assessment
CREC's program review experts analyze and assess specialized program efficiency and effectiveness. Program reviews for special education alternative education and assistive technology provide useful recommendations that address challenges including: curriculum and academic rigor, educational benefit, effective processes, organizational structure, professional development, and resource allocation.
When conducting a program review, CREC follows the program evaluation standards that have been researched and developed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluations (JCSEE). These program evaluation standards serve as the guidelines for all CREC review activities.
The CREC Audit Team utilizes a three step process that responds to the evaluation questions set out by district leadership:
Phase 1: Determination of Protocols and Standards and Data Collection.
Phase 2: Data Analysis using Standards.
Phase 3: Written Report and Presentation of Report.
CREC works closely with district leadership in each phase of the audit to ensure accuracy of information, to minimize that impact of the audit on staff and students, and to optimize the chance that our recommendations will be understood and carried out.
Conducting Educational Program Reviews Certification
Participants will learn techniques for conducting program reviews, including the use of protocols for gathering data. Examples of forms used to report results and a detailed online resource manual will be provided. Key assessment areas include: adult education, business and financial services, curriculum instruction and assessment, early childhood, English Language Learners, grants and development, health services, human resources, operations, school reorganization, transportation, special education, long range school planning, and technology.
Educators with experience in conducting program reviews.
- Three days of certification training and successful completion of all assignments
- Evidence of a successful program review
- Recertification required every two years
Benefits of Certification
Participants will develop a program review design, select evaluation questions and data sources, obtain data by using protocols, and write up and present their findings to the class.
- PowerPoint, handouts, guidelines, online resources, and presentation tips
- The Evaluators Guide to Conducting Educational Program Reviews will be provided to all participants. This 300 page, electronic reference guide provides protocols for data collection and tips for conducting a program review.
- Membership to the Evaluator Consortium includes updates to materials, current resources, and online assistance.