Planning: Designing Effective PD
Start your professional development change process right - with good planning. As you begin to plan your professional development efforts, see the following sites for information about what effective professional development looks like and how you can begin to make changes in your own school.
Model Award Winner Diane Meltesen talks about how professional development priorities are determined and aligned at the district, school, and teacher level.
Model Award Winner Claudia Buckner talks about how staff members are involved in setting annual goals for each school in her district.
Model Award Winner Nancy O'Brian talks about how she helped schools in her district make professional development part of everyday life.
Preparing for Change: Articles and Reports to Help You Think and Plan
Learn more about what effective professional development looks like and how you can begin envisioning change in your own school. See these articles and reports.
Professional Learning Communities: What Are They and Why Are They Important? (SEDL)
Critical Issue: Realizing New Learning for All Students Through Professional Development (NCREL)
Effective Learning Models and Frameworks to Design Professional Development (NCREL)
Thomas Guskey's report - Results-Oriented Professional Development: In Search of an Optimal Mix of Effective Practices (NCREL)
Managing Change: An Integrated Part of Staff Development
This report, prepared for the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, discusses the set of conditions needed for change to occur.
SEDL's Promoting Instructional Coherence Project
This project is designed to help schools and districts respond in a coherent way to conflicting external pressures.
Excerpt from Judith Little's report: Excellence in Professional Development and Professional Community
Transforming Professional Development for Student Success.
A report from The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, which provides several specific recommendations for improving the quality of professional development programs.
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning
The center offers several useful brochures, including "Learning To Walk the Reform Talk: A Framework for the Professional Development of Teachers." (Viewable with Adobe Acrobat.)
Teaching for High Standards: What Policymakers Need to Know and Be Able to Do (CPRE)
General discussion of the link between teacher knowledge and student achievement with specific recommendations about professional development. Search under Publications - Research Reports - Occasional Papers and Joint Reports. (Viewable with Adobe Acrobat.)
The National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching (NPEAT) describes the characteristics of effective professional development. These principles are based in recent research and focus on professional development strategies that improve student learning over time. Conditions that seem to nurture effective professional development are also discussed.
"How To Rebuild a Local Professional Development Infrastructure" (Viewable with Adobe Acrobat) is a guide for districts to create a professional development infrastructure that supports comprehensive school reform. (New American Schools)
"A Framework for Reviewing Professional Development Policies and Practices"
contains a series of important questions.
Use these planning tools to help you assess your current practices and to develop a professional development improvement plan.
NCREL's Pathways to School
Setting Professional Development Goals
A Trip Planner Inventory is available to help you analyze the professional
development practices in your school or district and to point you to
specific resources within Pathways.
Professional Development Portfolio Manual
The Portfolio is a system to guide teacher professional development
and Discuss Current Attitudes toward Professional Development
This questionnaire helps clarify staff attitudes.
School Staff as a Community of Learners (SEDL)
for Self-study: Assessing Our School's Professional Learning Community
Your Vision of Professional Development: How to Assess Your Needs
and Get What You Want (SERVE)
A "how-to" resource that reviews the stages of building an effective
professional development system: developing a vision, creating a context
for change, planning, investing resources, providing continual assistance,
and assessing and monitoring progress. Available through SERVE's online
CPRE Policy Brief
Excerpt: Improving Professional Development
The authors of this brief suggests some principles to guide professional
development and offers a framework for designing and assessing policies
Professional Development: Learning From the
A toolkit for schools and districts based on Model Professional Development
Award Winners is located at this site.
Learning Models and Frameworks to Design Professional Development
These frameworks help ensure that a plan relates to individual and
organizational development and to systemic change.
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