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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.
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.
This article by Joelle Killion of Learning Forward outlines why professional learning needs must be based on student learning needs.
Find resources related to school improvement planning including the ORIS Needs Assessment Tool.
Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.
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.
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.
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.
This toolkit guides users through a process for developing an evaluation plan and includes activities, tools, and other resources for monitoring professional learning initiatives.
This series of guiding questions, excerpted from Evaluating Professional Learning: A Toolkit for Schools and Districts.
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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