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Try these resources for additional PD information and resources.

General Information about Effective Professional Development
These sites include articles, reports, and newsletters about designing effective professional development.

    National Staff Development Council
    In addition to providing information about the Council and its mission, there are selected articles on-line in the Library from the Journal of Staff Development, a well-respected journal devoted to issues surrounding teacher training and preparation. Another excellent resource available through their on-line bookstore is The National Staff Development Council's Standards for Staff Development which includes an elementary, middle, and high school edition. Each standard is accompanied by a two-page discussion that includes a rationale, examples, outcomes, discussion questions, references, and space for notes and responses

    Teachers Take Charge of Their Learning: Transforming Professional Development for Student Success.
    This National Foundation for the Improvement of Education report includes information about finding time for PD, helping teachers to assume responsibility for their own learning, forming partnerships and reallocating resources to support PD.

    Newsletter on Issues of School Reform - Professional Development
    This newsletter from the USDOE focuses on professional development.

    USDOE Building Bridges: The Mission and Principles of Professional Development

    At the Heart of the Matter: Improving Teaching and Learning Through Professional Development
    This newsletter is from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL).

    NWREL's By Request ...Series: High Quality Professional Development

    USDOE Star Schools Program
    Visit this site to find out about funding multi-state distance education partnerships to improve teaching and learning.

    Improving Instruction through Professional Development in New York City's Community District #2
    Search "Publications" under "CPRE Policy Bulletin." (Viewable with Adobe Acrobat.)

    Policies that Support Professional Development in an Era of Reform (Phi Delta Kappan article by Linda Darling-Hammond and Milbrey W. McLaughlin)

Becoming a Professional Learning Community
To learn more about the process of becoming a "learning community," see the following sources.

    Professional Learning Communities: What Are They and Why Are They Important? (SEDL)

    Excerpt from Judith Little's report: Excellence in Professional Development and Professional Community

    Assessing a School Staff as a Community of Learners (SEDL)

    Questions for Self-study: Assessing Our School's Professional Learning Community (NWREL)
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