Program Evaluation


Numerous evaluations of the Teachers Institute demonstrate that such collaborative programs can assist schools in specific ways, and that the results are cumulative.1 As described below, 37 percent of New Haven secondary school teachers of subjects in the humanities and sciences have completed successfully at least one year of the Institute. A number have participated for two to seventeen years. An increasing proportion of current elementary school teachers, who were first admitted in 1990, have also taken part.
(table available in print form) Evaluations demonstrate that such collaborative programs can assist schools in specific ways.
In the fall of 1996, the Institute updated its ongoing study of New Haven teachers who have been Fellows in terms of the proportion of eligible teachers from each New Haven school and department who have participated, the number of times Fellows have completed the program, and whether Fellows have remained in teaching in New Haven. This study showed that, of the 417 individual New Haven teachers who have completed the program successfully at least once between 1978 and 1996, three fifths (59 percent) are currently teaching in New Haven. An additional thirty (7 percent) have assumed full-time administrative posts in the school system. Thus two thirds (66 percent) of all Fellows since 1978 are currently working in the New Haven Public Schools. These statistics are particularly encouraging because of the Institute s determination to involve individuals who will continue to serve students in our urban school district.
As Table 3 below shows, a considerable proportion of eligible middle school teachers (37 percent) and high school teachers (37 percent) have participated in the Institute. With respect to the number of years Fellows still teaching in New Haven have taken part in the Institute, 40 percent have particpated once, 33 percent have taken part either two or three times, and 27 percent have participated between four and seventeen times. On the other hand, of Institute Fellows who have left the New Haven school system, 59 percent completed the program only once, and 31 percent took part two or three times. Only thirteen individuals (10 percent) completed the program four or more times. Thus, as an indication of its cumulative influence in the New Haven school system and as potential evidence of its effects in retaining teachers in New Haven the Institute has worked in the most sustained way with those individuals who have chosen to remain in teaching in the New Haven Public Schools. The Institute has worked in the most sustained way with those individuals who have chosen to remain in teaching in New Haven.
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