A Process for Decision-Making

TABLE OF CONTENTS Workshop materials

l. Overview

What Should a Good Process Include? How Much Time Should the Adoption Take? Advice From Previous Users. A Suggested Plan. Sample Time Schedules*. Sample Agendas. Minutes From Other District. Five Muther Maxims. Pull-out workshop form.

2. Adoption Policy

Sample policy and policy statements. Subject Review Cycle. Publisher Deals: Is Your Board Putting Cost Before Curriculum?

3. Decisions Before Beginning

Budget, Time Personnel, Responsibility, Change, Process: A Suggested Plan for Adoption (repeated). Sample Agenda: What CANNOT Be Changed.

4. Form Committee

Director's Role. 10 Essentials. Committee's Role, Tasks. Recommended Subcommittees: PITFALLS, RESEARCH, MATERIALS, NEEDS ASSESS/IMPLEMENTATION/MONITORING. Subcommittee Planning Form* and Examples.

5. Provide Training/Background Information

What Every Evaluator Should Know.
Flowchart Depicting How Materials Are Developed. DOs and DON'Ts of Instructional Materials Evaluation. What to Evaluate Instead of a Checklist. How Materials Are Written by Development Houses. What Training Should Be Provided? Workshop Agenda.

6. Review Research/Trends/Latest Thinking (What Works)

Research SubcommitteeTasks. Whose world are we preparing students for? Reviewing Research When Choosing Materials. Sample Research Notes.

7. Identify & Reduce Curriculum

How to get your curriculum taught and learned. How to create a Curriculum-On-The-Wall. What is an exit goal and how is it measured? How to create an action plan. Videotaping students: authentic assessment. Models, examples, resources.

8. Assess Needs

What is a Need? Needs Assessment Subcommittee. How to frame a problem. Models and examples provided. Sample Questions and Questionnaires.

9. Force Ranking

Technique for Ranking Large Number of Criterion*. Forced Consensus Tool*. Prioritizing Grid. Other Subject Suggestions. Spreadsheet Printout and Directions.

10. Define/Describe (Good/Bad) Ideal

One Day Agenda. Good/Bad Form*. Good/Bad Examples. Various Subject/Grade Examples Provided.

11. Initial Screening Evaluation

Generic Outline: What To Do First? How to Evaluate Instructional Materials Programs.
Three Evaluation Techniques Defined. 13 Steps for Evaluating One Slice. Initial Screening Content Slice Possibilities*. Evaluation Planning Form* and Examples.


How to Sort Publishers into Groups of Three and Find Common Topics to Compare. How to Sort Elementary Science Publishers.



Evaluating Reading Publishers with the Story-Sort Comparison. How to Order Story-sorted Publisher List.


How to Do It Article Plus Examples and Form.


General explanation. Publishers' testing horizontal trace. Exit outcomes horizontal trace.
Electronic materials horizontal trace.


How to Obtain a Kid-Rating Cut-&-Tape Topic Comparison. Non-typical Program Evaluation
Technology and Terminology. Technology: Changing the Way WeTeach and Learn.

12. Report/Record Evaluation Results

The Final Report. How to Complete the Summary Sheet/Report Form*. The Rating System and How to Narrow All programs to Three Best. Examples of Completed Final Reports. Alternative Ranking Methods for Recording Results.

13. Negotiate With Publishers

Materials Subcommittee Description and Completed Committee Forms*. Contacting Publishers: Sample Memos. Inventory of Sample Materials (tracking service)*. How to Obtain the Best Materialss for the Best Price. The Service Guarantee Means Help from the Publisher. Example of a Service Proposal. Expectations From Publishers (Reference items). Expectations From Publishers (Services provided).

14. In-Depth Evaluation

How To Obtain A Kid-Rating: An In-Depth Evaluation Technique. The Reading Kid-Rating for Evaluating Reading/Literature Publishers, Foreign Language and Mathematics. Results From Users. Other Methods: Visiting User Schools, Obtaining Expert Advice.

15. Implementation

How to sell the selection decision. How to make people comfortable with the new innovation. Implementation/Training/Modifying Subcommittee. Form: Plan/Schedule On-going Systematic Implementation*. Sample Expected Installation Schedule. Revised Sch edule After Purchase. Various Subject/Grade Examples Provided. Ideas From Other Districts.

16. Monitor & Modify: Correct & Reshape

The Key to Success: Monitoring and Modifying Plan System for Monitoring Form*. Examples Provided.

17. Checklist For a Good Process

This chapter provides the complete sequence of events along with a worksheet for you to plan.

l 8. Ideas and Alternatives

What To Do When All Textbooks Fail. Alternatives to Textbooks. A Way Out of the Textbook Dilemma. Where to Get Help if the Science Textbook Fails. Great Ideas for Industrial Technology. Turning Kids Onto Math. A Technology Center. How to Obtain a Consultant in your District for FREE! Guaranteed: How to Improve Standardized Test Scores Two Stanines in One Year!

19.Notes, Glossary, Consultants and Resources

20. *Reproducible Forms

(These white pages are the only pages that can be reproduced. All other pages are copyrighted).

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