Evaluation of the CalSAC English Learner Training and Professional Development Project


pdf 2012-15 CalSAC English Learner Training and Professional Development Project

Summary

California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) improves the quality of affordable out-of-school-time programs through training professionals and building communities. The CalSAC English Learner project sought to strengthen program practice through a trainer-of-trainers model. CalSAC worked with experts to develop and implement a training and coaching sequence for its statewide network of trainers, who in turn trained and coached out-of-school-time staff in several communities.

 

The Question: Can expertise transfer through intermediaries?

If successful, the English Learner project could offer a cost-effective model to enhance practice in out-of-school time programs across the state. CalSAC wanted to know how well the expertise transferred to program practice through its certified trainers.

 

The Process: Launching a comprehensive evaluation for a multi-faceted initiative

Through many different methods—including surveying trainers as they received expert training, developing trainer and program observation rubrics, and surveying staff at programs—Public Profit evaluated the effectiveness of CalSAC’s training model. We explored the improvement in the quality of the programs on the ground to see the results of these trainings in practice.

 

The Outcome: Proven success spread throughout the program

Our evaluation of the program’s first year found that the model is effective: CalSAC trainers trained and coached out-of-school time program staff to enhance their practice in supporting English Learner students.

Our recommended enhancements to the model, such as integrating a Learning Community, were incorporated into subsequent cohorts. CalSAC staff built their own evaluation capacity by using observation tools we developed for them.

California School-Age Consortium

Since 1982, the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has worked to support and advance the out-of-school time field by connecting professionals, enhancing competency, and building community. They have worked to support and advance professionals and organizations in providing quality and affordable out-of-school time programs.