Updated on 6/14/2013 3:31:13 PM.
Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
By: Elizabeth Turner
The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has concluded its end-of-year report and has tabulated that, through both Early Childhood and School-Age Workshops, TRIAD staff have provided around 8,300 hours of professional development to over 800 participants throughout Tennessee during the 2012-2013 school year.
School Age Professional Development Services
During the 2012-2013 school year, TRIAD provided 22 integrated, in-person, Tennessee Department of Education (TN DOE)-sponsored autism-specific professional development opportunities (PDO) across the state. TRIAD provided approximately 7,000 hours of professional development throughout the 2012-2013 school year across almost 700 participants. The average evaluation score for each PDO ranged from 3.31 - 3.96 with an overall score of 3.81 on a rating scale, 1.00 (Poor) - 4.00 (Excellent). Additionally, TRIAD collected self-assessment knowledge questionnaire data before and after most live, in-person PDO. The average score before a PDO was 2.83 on a rating scale, 1.00 (Not Very Knowledgeable) - 5.00 (Very Knowledgeable). The average score after the PDO was 4.20 with an average increase per workshop of 1.37.
Early Childhood Professional Development Services
During the 2012-2013 school year, TRIAD provided 3 integrated, in-person, TN DOE-sponsored autism-specific professional development opportunities (PDO) across the state. TRIAD served a total of 106 early childhood professionals from across the state in 2012-2013, and provided over 1,270 professional development hours. The average evaluation score for each PDO offered ranged from 3.92 - 3.96 with an overall 3.94 on a rating scale, 1.00 (Poor) - 4.00 (Excellent). Additionally, TRIAD collected self-assessment knowledge questionnaire data before and after each PDO. The average score before a PDO was 3.08 on a rating scale, 1.00 (Not Very Knowledgeable) - 5.00 (Very Knowledgeable). The average score after the PDO was 4.33 with an average increase per workshop was 1.25.
Administrative Director of TRIAD Professional Development and Training Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, said, “These reports demonstrate that the professional development opportunities presented by TRIAD Educational Consultants are high-quality, evidence-based, and meet the needs of Tennessee educators. Our team is highly skilled at providing the best training services possible throughout our state communities, and we look forward to a continued collaborative partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, which allows us to provide these services at no cost to school personnel across the state.” He commended LaTamara Jackson Garrett and Sarah Blumberg for their considerable efforts in supporting the development and completion of these reports. He a additionally commended them both as well as TRIAD colleagues Whitney Loring, Alacia Stainbrook, John Staubitz, Lauren Weaver, Evan Campa, and Lisa Wallace for their highly-rated and important work throughout the school year.
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