ERIC Number: ED443842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Lessons Learned from the Evaluation of Alliance+: An Internet-in-Education Professional Development Program.
This paper provides an evaluator's perspective on the main activities and lessons learned from the evaluation of Alliance+ in the program's first year of operation. The Alliance+ project is a national training program funded by the U.S. Department of Education with contributions from project partners and the participating school systems. The program's goal is to provide hands-on training for K-12 teachers to integrate the Internet resources into their classroom curricula and improve science and mathematics education. The program uses a two-tiered model in which community college faculty train cadres of educators (mentor teachers) in the 30-hour graduate course. Evaluation criteria and first-year findings are presented for each component of the logic model used to build the program. These components were: (1) Internet connectivity and access; (2) training course and curriculum; (3) specific curriculum models to integrate technology into the classroom; (4) mentoring and support; (5) structural changes; and (6) trained teachers. Findings are based on site visits, a teacher questionnaire completed by 96 teacher mentors, and focus groups of teachers. The first-year evaluation has produced a number of significant findings that are being used to improve the program and extend its activities. (Contains 2 figures and 25 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Libraries and Learning Technologies (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000). "The work reported herein was supported under the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant program."