Developing an observation tool to improve the quality of delivery of a sexual health education curriculum: Moving beyond fidelity

Session Number: 1557
Track: PreK-12 Educational Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: Education, Teacher observation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Colleen Murray [Technical Specialist - ICF International]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Paula Jayne [CDC]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Catherine Rasberry [Health Scientist - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Catherine Lesesne [Technical Director - ICF International]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Room: Poster 161

Other Authors: J. Terry Parker, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pete Hunt, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Georgi Roberts, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX
Noah Drew, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Classroom observations can provide teachers with valuable feedback on their instruction, allowing them to improve their delivery of future educational content. As part of an ongoing applied evaluation of one school district’s approach to sexual health education, a teacher observation tool was developed to assess both instructional performance and fidelity to the curriculum. By incorporating these types of observational measures alongside of traditional measures like lesson plan reviews and self-reported fidelity to curricula, this tool may serve to improve the accuracy of teacher evaluation, provide a means for continuous improvement feedback, and help to identify professional development needs. Presenters will describe how the tool was developed and demonstrate its uses. Presenters will also share suggestions for using the tool in the context of curriculum-based evaluations.