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Title-IIA-Professional Learning

Professional Development/Learning

The purpose of all teacher professional development is to help teachers develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to help students learn. The intended outcomes of teacher professional development are defined in terms of improved professional practice, but the long-term goals should always focus on improved student outcomes.

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  • Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.

  • Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Learning Effective professional development depends upon the quality of planning, implementation and evaluation. Within this guide, planning, implementation and evaluation are presented in steps with research-based information and tools and worksheets that can be used to develop a professional development plan, ensure implementation, and evaluate results.

  • District Professional Development Planning Form This planning form is provided as a tool for developing district professional development plans. Sections of the PD plan can be used to populate IIA applications.

  • Professional Learning Plans: A Workbook for States, Districts and Schools This document developed by Learning Forward outlines the rationale and process for developing a comprehensive professional learning plan. It includes several tools that districts may find useful for data analysis and identifying prioritized needs.


For more information on this topic, email Sarah Martin or call (503) 947-5668.