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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.
Supporting Virtual Professional Learning
This document includes a review of lessons learned from the spring school closure offers some considerations for supporting virtual professional learning.
Multiple Measures of Data
This article describes four types of data and how analysis of the intersection of these data can support districts in supporting the needs of all students.
Needs Assessments for Professional Learning
This article by Joelle Killion of Learning Forward outlines why professional learning needs must be based on student learning needs.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment Tools
Find resources related to school improvement planning including the ORIS Needs Assessment Tool.
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.
Evaluating Professional Learning: A Toolkit for Schools and Districts,
This toolkit guides users through a process for developing an evaluation plan and includes activities, tools, and other resources for monitoring professional learning initiatives.
Documenting Effective Implementation of Professional Learning
This series of guiding questions, excerpted from Evaluating Professional Learning: A Toolkit for Schools and Districts.
Five Levels of Professional Development
Guskey, T.R, (2000) Evaluating Professional Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
For more information on this topic, email
Sarah Martin or call (503) 947-5668.
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