What is the opportunity?
In a typical district, there are substantial resources invested in professional development. However, most PD tends to be based around one-off workshops, university classes, conferences, and online modules that are disconnected from real-life practice.
In a Strategic System, effective professional learning connects teacher development to daily practice through rigorous, comprehensive curricula and assessments; content-focused, expert-led collaboration; and frequent, growth-oriented feedback. Teacher teams develop and review lesson plans based in their specific curricula, and analyze student assessment results together. When teacher leaders observe their peers, they focus on the themes raised during collaborative time and provide real-time, actionable feedback. Instructional experts work across the elements, adapting curricular materials, leading collaborative planning, and observing and providing feedback to teachers.
THIS ITEM WILL BE ADDED TO ASSESS SECTION BELOW:
- Connected Professional Learning Diagnostic Tool
- Teacher Professional Learning Diagnostic Assessment helps school system leaders evaluate how they use resources like people, time, and money to ignite the engine of teacher and student learning, and compare their practices to the case study systems.