Training

Definition

Now let's consider training from an implementation perspective. Training through an active implementation lens is defined as purposeful, skill-based, and adult-learning informed processes designed to support teachers and staff in acquiring the skills and information needed to begin using a new program or innovation. 

Rationale

We know from implementation research that training alone does not result in changes in instructional practices and improved outcomes. But, training is still an important process to provide background information, introduce skills and major concepts, theory and values of the evidence-based programs and practices. In short, training is necessary for building teacher competency, but it is not sufficient if used alone.

Key Functions

Training does continue to bolster the buy-in process. During training, teachers are introduced to new concepts and strategies before they are expected to use them in their classrooms. They are also introduced to the reasons the practices have been selected and how they benefit students. Training is also a safe space for “trying-out” new skills before using them with students.