• Professional Learning Standards

    Successful professional learning increases educator effectiveness and results for all students.

    The Standards for Professional Learning describe the context, processes, and content for effective, high-quality professional learning.

    These standards set clear expectations for professional learning at the state, district, and building levels.  The standards guide the efforts individuals, teams, school, and school system faculty, public offices, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations engaged in setting policy, organizing, facilitating, managing, monitoring, or measuring professional learning to increase educator effectiveness and student achievement.

  • Standard 1: 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.

    Principles for “Learning Communities”

    1.1 Engage in continuous improvement

    • Cycle of Continuous Improvement

      Provides excellent direction is how to create a cycle of continuous improvement in your school.  Charts, visuals, and printables are included for easy adaption and implementation.

    1.2 Develop collective responsibility

    1.3 Create alignment and accountability

    • Data Driven Decision Making and Data Teams

      General information about the data teams process with many downloads and resources that can be adapted to your individual school environment.

    • Data Teams Process

      A downloadable document with charts and visuals.  The short and quick version to the data teams process.

    • Standards and Accountability

      An article looking at what public education has accomplished with standards based education and what course corrections need to made in the future.

    Standard 2: 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.

    Principles for “Leadership”

    2.1 Develop capacity for learning and leading

    • Strengths Based Leadership

      Find educator and administrator strengths to leverage and increase leadership capacity and ultimately student achievement.

    2.2 Advocate for professional learning

    • Leading Groups

      Take a look at how group creation, facilitation, and implementation and impact effectiveness.  This is a very comprehensive, information resource for improving overall communication during professional learning.

    2.3 Create support systems and structures

  • Continuous Professional Learning

    An example of a professional learning program at the county/state level complete with producible PDF’s, charts, visuals, directions, and much more to help create a supportive system for professional learning.

  • Professional Learning Leader

    An example of online course content, including assessments, readings, modules, and presentations that can be use in whole or part to create a support system and structure for professional learning.

  • Professional Learning and Leadership Development

    An example of a professional learning program at the district level complete with modules, outlines, rubrics, and much more to help create a supportive structure for professional learning.

Standard 3: Resources

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

Principles for “Leadership”

3.1 Prioritize human, fiscal, material, technology, and time resources

  • Tools

    A comprehensive list of guides, check lists, and online software to start the process of prioritizing educational resources.

  • Prioritizing Student Learning

    A resource focused on how you can reconfigure the resources you have and use them in a way to maximize teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement.

  • Open Educational Resources

    A comprehensive list of sites and places to find OER’s for educational purposes.

3.2 Monitor resources

  • Create Effortless Forms

    Use Google forms to create surveys and other monitoring application so you know resources are being used effectively.

3.3 Coordinate resources

  • Example Resource Plan

    Step by step information on how to create a resource plan so resources are coordinated to maximize productivity of teachers and students.

Standard 4: 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.

Principles for “Data”

4.1 Analyze student, educator, and system data

4.2 Assess Progress

4.3 Evaluate professional learning

Standard 5: 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.

Principles for “Learning Designs”

5.1 Apply learning theories, research, and models

Examples of general learning designs

5.2 Select learning designs

  • Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Designs

    A comprehensive resources about various learning designs proven to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

  • What Learning design is best?

    Paper focuses on blending learning, presenting various learning methods.  Information is organized to compare and contrast the pros and cons of each learning design.  This format will help you design what works for your school environment.  There are many visuals throughout for easy, quick research and implementation.

5.3 Promote active engagement

Standard 6: 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.

Principles for “Implementation”

6.1 Apply change research

  • Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM)

    Resource, including videos, provides tools and techniques that enable leaders to gauge educator concerns and program use in order to give each person the necessary supports to ensure success and create positive change.

  • Stages of Concern

    Resource, including videos, explains how education leaders can assess and respond to the worries, attitudes, and perceptions of staff as they deal with the challenges of changing the way they work.

6.2 Sustain implementation

  • Nonusers Users

    Excellent handout that explains the Levels of Use in a visual way that is easy to understand.

  • Levels and Categories of LoU

    Resource describes the levels of use including categories for a better understanding of how this cycle can implement position change in the education system.

6.3 Provide constructive feedback

Standard 7: Outcomes

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

Principles for “Outcomes”

7.1 Meet performance standards

7.2 Address learning outcomes

7.3 Build coherence

  • Creating Coherence

    Resource includes sample frameworks and core instructional strategies with key take-aways and potential implications for future professional learning

  • Professional Review and Development

    Looks at how educational leaders can review and reflect on professional learning.  Includes charts, sample questions, and additional resources and links.

Additional Supports

  • A Comprehensive Professional Learning System

    A comprehensive system focused on professional learning.  The professional learning plan is a navigation system that creates conditions and structures that powers educator learning and inspires student achievement.

  • Out with PD, In with PL

    Explains why professional learning is essential to improving public education and give a little summary of each standard and their importance in teaching and learning.

  • A National Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

    One nation’s comprehensive professional learning system; including initiatives, resources, and tools for teachers and administrators, and great information to adapt to your school environment.

  • A State Guide to Professional Learning Standards

    One states plan for professional learning brought about by teacher and leader need identified through an evaluation system.  This resource provides examples and supports for transitioning to an on-the-job, embedded professional learning model.

  • Standards Assessment Inventory

    A strong job-embedded professional learning system starts with a comprehensive look at what is going in your school building.

  • A Quick Reference Guide

    Read about Learning Forward's theory and introduction to the Standards for Professional Learning.