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Logic Models Workshop Series Draws Alliance Members From Across South Texas

REL Southwest alliance members from across South Texas convened at the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg for a two-part workshop series on developing and using logic models. Some 15 members from our three Texas-based research alliances—Educator Effectiveness, English Learners, and Texas Hispanic STEM—attended the workshops, held on February 2 and March 3, 2015.

Logic models are valuable tools for effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating education programs, from school-based reforms to statewide initiatives. Using a logic model, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders can visually map out the relationships among a program’s resources, activities, and intended outcomes, highlighting the path to the desired results.

The two workshops provided participants with step-by-step guidance and hands-on activities. In the first workshop, alliance members learned about the fundamentals of logic models and research design, including logic model definitions, essential components, and formats. In the second workshop, after a quick review, members practiced using logic models to develop research questions and generate program wonders and hypotheses.

Alliance members from one district are using the logic model they developed to create a district program for future professional development. The model includes a recursive cycle of trainings to be used with current staff and any new hires so that all staff receive all training modules.

Alliance members who attended the series represent Edinburg Independent School District (ISD), Grand Prairie ISD, Harlingen ISD, Los Fresnos Consolidated ISD, Region One Education Service Center, Sharyland ISD, Texas Valley Communities Foundation, University of Texas–Brownsville, UTEACH, and Valley View ISD.

Understanding Logic Models Workshop Series:

  • Workshop I: Identifying Essential Logic Model Components, Definitions, and Formats
  • Workshop II: Using Logic Models to Evaluate a Program's Effectiveness/Impact, Identify Research Questions, and Frame Research Designs

Photo Gallery

Workshop I

Members of the English Learners Research Alliance review a logic model related to their area

Members of the English Learners Research Alliance review a logic model related to their focus area

Workshop II

These photos, taken the day before the second workshop, show Haidee Williams, REL Southwest liaison for the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, working on a logic model with alliance members from the Texas Valley Communities Foundation in preparation for the next day. These staff members plan to use the logic models they developed at the workshops to explain their program to some district leaders.

From left: Haidee Williams, REL Southwest, and Adriana Lopez and Giovanni Ferrigno, Texas Valley Communities Foundation   From left: Mary Alice Reyes and Dann Garcia, Texas Valley Communities Foundation

From left: Haidee Williams, REL Southwest, and Adriana Lopez and Giovanni Ferrigno, Texas Valley Communities Foundation

 

From left: Mary Alice Reyes and Dann Garcia, Texas Valley Communities Foundation

Dann Garcia, Texas Valley Communities Foundation   Giovanni Ferrigno, Texas Valley Communities Foundation

Dann Garcia, Texas Valley Communities Foundation

 

Giovanni Ferrigno, Texas Valley Communities Foundation