Assessment and Continuous
of Educational Technology Using the
enGauge® Professional Development Program
Statement of Need:
School districts face the challenge of preparing students to live, learn, and work successfully in today's knowledge-based
digital society. To do so will require high-performance learning of academic content using 21st century skills and tools. To accomplish
this, school districts must answer several critical questions:
- What value do educational technologies bring to a school district?
- How can the effectiveness of instructional technology be determined?
- How can district stakeholders be engaged as active participants in the self-assessment process?
- How can objective data be gathered and applied?
- How should progress be reported?
- How can data be aggregated to inform plans for continuous improvement?
- What kind of professional development is necessary to ensure results?
- How can assessment data be integrated into an overall school/district improvement plan?
In collaboration with North Central Regional Technology Education Consortium (NCRTEC), NCREL has developed the
enGauge® Professional Development Program for schools and districts that desire insight into these key
questions. The enGauge Professional Development Program is based on the well-respected, research-based enGauge
framework for the effective use of technology in teaching and learning. This framework identifies Six Essential Conditions, which are
systemwide factors critical to effective uses of technology for teaching and learning:
The enGauge framework is accompanied by a suite
of online surveys as well as a site-visit process, both of
which are designed to evaluate the "current reality" within
each of the enGauge conditions at the classroom,
school, and district levels. The enGauge Professional
Development Program utilizes the online surveys as well as
the site-visit process in one of two ways, either through
the enGauge Guided Program or the enGauge
The enGauge Guided Program is suited for a single
district that desires an objective consultant to lead the
enGauge evaluation process, including collecting,
synthesizing, and analyzing survey and site-visit data and
developing the resulting district and/or school profiles.
With this approach, an NCREL-licensed enGauge consultant
will collaborate with district leaders to coordinate the process,
but the consultant executes all phases of the work.
The enGauge Partner Program is designed for a district
that is interested in a cost-effective approach that involves
teaming with another local district or school to collaboratively
conduct the site visit assessment process. In this approach,
an NCREL-licensed enGauge consultant facilitates
two 2-day sessions with both partner districts or schools.
In the first session, the district or school leaders learn
how to set up and administer the online surveys and how to
conduct a site visit for their partner school or district.
After the first session, districts or schools administer the
surveys and conduct their site visits. Several weeks after
the first session, all participants meet again for a second
two-day session with the enGauge consultant, where
they synthesize and analyze their survey data and receive
their site-visit profile from their partner schools or district.
The consultant then helps participants use these enGauge
profile reports to plan for changes in their technology use.
Both enGauge approaches include the same content
and process, but the distinct difference is that experienced,
NCREL-licensed enGauge consultants lead and conduct
all steps in the Guided Program, while in the Partner Program,
the consultant teaches and empowers district leaders to conduct
the review process themselves.
Costs for the enGauge Guided Program are specific to the size and scope of each client's project.
Costs for the enGauge Partner Program are specific to the size and scope of the program.
enGauge Guided Program
NCREL-licensed enGauge consultant completes the enGauge
Guided Program work in approximately six weeks from contract
signing. This scope includes data collection, synthesis, analysis,
and report generation by the consultant.
enGauge Partner Program
NCREL-licensed enGauge consultant completes the enGauge
Partner Program work in approximately eight weeks from contract
signing. This scope includes the first two-day on-site stakeholder
meeting, the time involved for district personnel to conduct
the data collection process, and the second two-day, on-site
Typical deliverables for these projects are:
- enGauge Online ProfilesThe enGauge
Online Profiles consist of data from online surveys taken
by various school and district staff members, organized
into project, school, and educator profiles. The school
profile includes a snapshot of a school's progress within
the Six Essential Conditions for effective use of educational
technology. This profile also contains information regarding
how respondents prioritized both 21st century skills and
the importance of technology integration in various content
areas. The project profile provides an aggregated view of
all district responses to the online survey. The educator
profiles are intended to capture not only specific technology
skills, but also educator proficiency with planning, implementing,
and assessing technology-supported learning with students.
Note that the Online Profiles are generated by NCREL's enGauge
- enGauge On-Site ProfileThe enGauge
On-Site Profile provides the district with a summary and
a detailed view of the current reality of the district within
each of the essential conditions along a continuum designed
to highlight continuous improvement paths and possible strategies.
Note that the On-Site Profiles are generated by an NCREL-licensed
consultant in the Guided Program and by the partner district
in the Partner Program.
For additional information and to order enGauge
Partner Program or enGauge Guided Program, please
call NCREL's Call Center at 800/252-0283 or e-mail email@example.com.