Region 5 Comprehensive Center (R5 CC) Partnered with Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Leaders to Develop the ADULT LEARNING FRAMEWORK (ALF)

I understand [adult learning strategies] more as I work with you. It helps me to be a better presenter because it’s more engrained now.

–TDOE Leader

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  • CONDUCTED CONTINUOUS NEEDS SENSING

  • BUILT KNOWLEDGE

  • EXAMINED EXISTING PROCESSES

  • DEVELOPED FRAMEWORK

  • CREATED RESOURCES

  • CONSTRUCTED A DATA DASHBOARD

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CONDUCTED CONTINUOUS NEEDS SENSING

Discussed ideas for delivering high quality professional learning (PL) consistently statewide with TDOE leaders and assessed and addressed emergent needs.

BUILT KNOWLEDGE

Identified and summarized key literature on adult learning and PL strategies to increase incorporation of adult learning principles into existing PL practices.

EXAMINED EXISTING PROCESSES

Conducted a statewide scan of PL practices and analyzed survey data on PL processes.

DEVELOPED FRAMEWORK

Built the Adult Learning Framework and toolkit informed by steps 2 and 3.

CREATED RESOURCES

Produced tools, guidance, and other materials to support ALF implementation including:

CONSTRUCTED A DATA DASHBOARD

Designed a data dashboard to store and view survey data and developed guidance for updating and maintaining it.

FACILITATING FACTORS

  • State leaders’ clear vision and active engagement.
  • Thought partnership between R5 CC and state leaders.
  • R5 CC engaged experts when appropriate.
  • R5 CC developed a PL planning structure.

CONTEXTUAL FACTORS

  • TDOE staffing changes throughout the department during the project.
  • R5 CC support for TDOE’s efforts to improve its PL processes and practices.

RESULTS TO DATE

  • Nearly twenty-fourNearly twenty-fourtraining sessions have been delivered using the ALF for state, district, and school staff.
  • Two hundred and thirty plusTwo hundred and thirty plusseats filled across trainings.