Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Opportunity

Tailored, ongoing, evidence-based professional learning for educators at all levels of a school system, designed to build knowledge and skills that transform practice to ensure each student has opportunities to meet challenging state academic standards.

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DESIGNING DISTRICT SYSTEMS OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ALIGNMENT  
District leadership teams conduct a needs assessment of current professional learning practices, mid-year, and post-assessment of impact:  Three per year
District leadership teams study research and cases of districts that have aligned and differentiated  professional learning and create a plan of action customized to their school district: One per year
District leadership teams implement the plan, assess progress, and address challenges of implementation through collaborative study: Two per year
DESIGNING SCHOOLS FOR JOB-EMBEDDED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
School leadership teams conduct a needs assessment of current professional learning practices, mid-year, and post-assessment of impact: Multiple meetings (e.g., Quarterly)
School leadership teams study research and. cases of schools that designed their school for job-embedded professional learning, and create a plan of action customized for their school: 1 time per year
School leadership teams implement the plan, assess progress, and address challenges of implementation through collaborative study: Several meetings (e.g., Monthly)
ENACTING DIFFERENTIATED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
District and/or school leadership teams conduct a needs assessment of current differentiation professional learning practices, mid-year, and post-assessment of impact: Multiple meetings (e.g., Quarterly)
District  and/or school leadership teams study research, and cases in practice of schools that differentiated professional learning, and create a plan of action customized for their school: One per year
District and/or school leadership teams implement the plan, assess progress, and address challenges of implementation through collaborative study: Several meetings (e.g., Monthly)
MASTERING SKILLS FOR COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, AND FACILITATION
District and/or school leadership teams conduct a needs assessment of current collaborative practices, a mid-year, and post-assessment of impact on collaborative practices: Multiple meetings (e.g., Quarterly)
District and/or school leadership teams build skills for communication and facilitation that will result in increased collaborative practices, study cases of collaborative practice of schools, and create a plan of action to implement at their schools:  One per year
District and/or school leadership teams implement the plan, assess progress, and address challenges of implementation through collaborative study: Several meetings (e.g., Monthly)
EVALUATING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
District and/or school-based teams administer a pre, mid-year, and post-assessment to evaluate the impact of professional learning on educator practices: Multiple meetings (e.g., Quarterly)
District and/or school-based teams meet to analyze data, celebrate successes, and suggest actions to address challenges of implementation: Multiple meetings (e.g., Quarterly)
TARGETED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SERIES

The following are examples of topics that have been customized to individual school needs:

  • Implementing evidence-based instructional practices
  • Supporting English Learners
  • Designing differentiated instruction
  • Improving student behavior and building social-emotional learning
  • Improving teacher collaboration (e.g., in PLCs)
  • Improving observation and feedback cycles
  • Improving instructional coaching implementation and impact
  • Creating a learning organization
  • Engaging with families and communities
  • Using data for ongoing improvement
  • Diagnosing and responding to student needs (using formative assessment practices)

Transform

Professional Learning experiences with educators at a levels of your school district and/or school are designed to result in improvements in the following: 

  • Coherent, aligned, and systemic plans of action for professional learning informed by both teacher and student data that is tailored to your context
  • Professional learning cultures that develops educator talents designed to be intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data driven, and classroom focused
  • Increased knowledge and skills for facilitating differentiated professional learning
  • Clear definitions of professional learning roles and responsibilities  to ensure shared accountability for results
  • Implementation plans for effectively engaging educators in cycles of continuous improvement through collaborative, continuous problem solving based on examining data
  • Evaluation plan for assessing the impact of professional learning on changes in practice
  • Structures, processes, and plans for sustaining a culture of professional learning
  • Communication and shared understanding of a collaboratively developed vision for professional learning
  • Professional learning plans for family and community engagement, including afterschool and community school program alignment

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