With the UIC Center for Literacy conducted a two-and-a-half-year evaluation of the program to help leaders and trainers at early childhood programs develop the necessary skills
Lead Learn Excel is a professional development program developed by the Ounce of Prevention designed to help leaders and trainers at early childhood programs develop the skills needed to support everyday learning and continuous improvement of classroom teachers. With Race to the Top funding support from the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, the UIC Center for Literacy conducted a two-and-a-half-year evaluation of the program.
The evaluation had three broad goals. First, the evaluation documented and examined the fidelity of LLE implementation. Four criteria for measuring fidelity of implementation served as the guiding framework for this aspect of the evaluation:
- Adherence—whether the key components of the professional development (PD) were implemented as designed;
- Quality of delivery—the degree to which the PD providers delivered the content using the techniques, processes, or methods prescribed by the model’s theory of change
- Duration—the number, length, or frequency of the professional development or resources and tools implemented;
- Participant responsiveness—the extent to which participants attended and were engaged by the activities and content of the PD.
Thus, the rigorously designed implementation study determined whether any positiveresults were attributable to leaders’ engagement in the LLE model.
Second, the evaluation assessed the extent to which LLE achieved the intended outcome of advancing participating leaders’ mindsets, methods, and practices of instructional leadership. Specifically, it examined change in the leaders’ ability to transform their leadership behaviors focused on supporting instructional excellence.
Third, the evaluation study examined whether LLE improved the capacity of leaders to support the instructional proficiency of preschool teachers.
Drawing on improvement sciences methodology, the evaluation aimed to strike a productive balance between the roles of independent summative evaluator and collaborative formative evaluator providing rich and timely data and feedback to the implementation process.
The final report of the evaluation can be found here.