Feedback from WCSU Inservice Day on August 24, 2016

Posted by Jen Miller-Arsenault on 9/27/2016 9:30:00 AM

As I am working hard to organize the upcoming WCSU inservice day on October 7, I am revisiting the feedback that so many of you provided after the WCSU inservice day on August 24.  I want to share the highlights with you and let you know how your feedback will inform our future work.

First, 145 of you responded to the general feedback survey.  Overall, the quantitative responses were positive: 80% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the objectives were relevant to their practice, 77% of respondents agreed that the design and structure of activities met their needs as learners and helped us achieve our objectives and 92% expressed a commitment to continue the work at the building level.

Themes emerged in the qualitative data, too, but there were also some stark contradictions.  Overall and overwhelmingly, participants clearly expressed appreciation for the level of choice that was embedded in afternoon SLO sessions and the opportunity to interact with grade/subject alike colleagues from across the school system.

Many participants indicated that the most useful part of the inservice day was the success analysis protocol because it was authentic, personal and celebratory.  At the same time, others felt that the success analysis protocol was contrived.  On a related note, some people expressed appreciation for meeting in the same groups as last year for the success analysis protocol and others said that they are ready to begin to build relationships with new groups.  A lot of people expressed appreciation for the health care presentation and felt that it was important for all of us to hear the same message at the same time; others felt that it was depressing and irrelevant.

Finally, many people acknowledged the talent and expertise of our staff.  I, for one, remain grateful for and humbled by the knowledge and skills of our staff and for folks’ willingness to step up and share their knowledge and skills with their colleagues.

Regarding the feedback on the SLO sessions themselves, folks responded to the survey 453 times!  I am still analyzing the results and figuring out next steps, but some themes are very clear.  Overall, folks expressed appreciation for the time to learn more about the work that was done this summer, to engage in collaborative conversations with colleagues and to consider their practice in light of our core knowledge standards and transferable skills.  To sum it up, I’ll quote one respondent: “I have a lot to learn, but I feel that I am on the way.”

The objectives for our inservice day on October 7 include: Deepening our sense of community PreK-Proficiency, analyzing data to inform instruction and further developing our shared understanding of student learning outcomes, standards, performance indicators and proficiency across the school system.  While the objectives will not lend themselves to an “ed camp” structure this time, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with grade/subject alike colleagues to build on the work that we started together at the beginning of the year.

The plans for the day are coming together, but as of this post they are not quite done.  Nonetheless, I encourage you to check out the October 7 page of our WCSU Inservice Days 2016-2017 Google site sooner rather than later.

Thanks to all of you who completed the feedback surveys last month.  While we can’t always respond to every suggestion or critical comment, we do read your feedback carefully and consider it each time we make plans to get together as a supervisory union in service to our students.