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Professionals learning for student learning.

As a tool for strengthening current professional development efforts, we are using the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning to guide our planning.

What are the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning?

The standards provide direction for designing a professional development experience that ensures educators acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.

Leadership: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.

Resources: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.

Data: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.

Learning Designs: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.

Implementation: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.

Outcomes: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.

What does professional learning REALLY mean?

For many educators staff development, staff development has traditionally been synonymous with workshops, courses, and presentations by "experts".

However, today we know that a professional learning can take many forms. Therefore, Learning Forward asserts that professional development is"the means by which educators acquire or enhance the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs necessary to create high levels of learning for all students."

What has changed?

To improve student learning, we have to improve teacher learning. Improving teacher learning requires an unwavering commitment to purposeful professional development.

Who is impacted?

The Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning recognize that sustained, intellectually rigorous professional development is essential for everyone who affects students learning: teachers, principals, district administrators and support staff.

How can I start learning more about professional development?

Read a book specifically about professional development.

Visit a professional organization's website and browse for current articles.

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