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Courtney Carver

Date Submitted: June 26, 2017


Version Submitted: v1

5.1 Needs Assessment


Candidates conduct needs assessments to determine school-wide, faculty, grade-level, and
subject area strengths and weaknesses to inform the content and delivery of technology-based
professional learning programs.

Reflection

The evidence presented for this standard is my Individual Teacher Technology Assessment,
which I completed in ITEC 7460. The assessment was created after interviewing a colleague to
assess her implementation of technology in the classroom. This assignment was followed up
with personal coaching sessions, which are reflected in my Coaching Journal from ITEC 7460.
This was an individual assignment where I entered into a partnership with a fellow colleague.

Standard 5.1, Needs Assessment established the expectation that I conduct a needs assessment
to determine school-wide, faculty, grade-level, and subject area strengths and weaknesses to
inform the content and delivery of technology-based professional learning. I started this
assignment with a one-on-one interview with my colleague. I used this time to ask very specific
needs assessment questions that would help me determine where this teacher was on the Levels
of Teaching Innovation (LoTi) Framework. Once I determined that this teacher was eager to
use technology, and had a pretty high adoption rate score, I was eager to help increase her
technology use. I used the data from my interview and the teachers adoption survey responses
to conduct a complete needs assessment that directly informed my coaching sessions with her.

Completing this assignment allowed me to learn the process of looking deeply at data to conduct
a needs assessment for a faculty member. I was able to make informed decisions on changes and
coaching sessions based on the knowledge I gained from conducting the needs assessment. In
the future, I would like to spend more time in the one-on-one interview process with the teacher,
or possibly have a follow up interview session. I learned a lot more information in my first
coaching session, which would have been valuable when created a whole picture needs
assessment.

The work that took place in this assignment directly impacted faculty development and student
achievement. This needs assessment was aligned to national technology frameworks, and the
work that followed was supporting both school and district goals for technology implementation.
The impact can be assessed with informal walkthroughs, as well as follow up sessions with this
teacher. Data can also be gathered from her online courses for students in her learning
management system.