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A new game plan: Making the case to redesign professional learning

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These simple actions helped a group of teachers and administrators unite to develop a cooperative professional learning system that gets results. Discover tips to help you make the case for …

These simple actions helped a group of teachers and administrators unite to develop a cooperative professional learning system that gets results. Discover tips to help you make the case for high-quality professional learning in your system.

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  • 1. TitleBodyA new game plan:Making the case to redesignprofessional learningSource: Armstrong, A. (2012). A new game plan: Professional learning redesignmakes the case for teacher voices. The Learning System. 8(1), pp.1, 4-5.
  • 2. Redesigning a professionallearning program requires:• Advocating for the right conditions within the system to support high-quality professional learning;• Linking professional learning to student learning;• Empowering teachers by building their voices and leadership into the system;• Providing ongoing learning and support.Source: Armstrong, A. (2012). A new game plan: Professional learning redesignmakes the case for teacher voices. The Learning System. 8(1), pp.1, 4-5.
  • 3. Advocate for theright conditions“Leaders are responsible for communicating theimportance of professional learning and advocating forit for all educators. They engage with stakeholders atall levels within and outside the organization to discussthe importance of investing in professional learningand to describe the connection between professionallearning and the system’s goals for staff and students”(Hirsh & Hord, 2012, pp. 47-48).Source: Hirsh, S. & Hord, S. (2012). A playbook for professional learning: Putting thestandards into action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.
  • 4. Link to student learningDiscussions regarding the importance of high-quality professional learning must includeestablishing a link between professionallearning and student learning (Hirsh & Hord,2012, p. 47).Source: Hirsh, S. & Hord, S. (2012). A playbook for professional learning: Putting thestandards into action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.
  • 5. Offer teacher voice andleadership opportunitiesSuccessful leaders are those who “establishregular colleague-based learning teams ...(and) ... advocate for the importance of teacherperspective and voice in the decision-makingprocess” (Hirsh & Hord, 2012, pp. 47-48).Source: Hirsh, S. & Hord, S. (2012). A playbook for professional learning: Putting thestandards into action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.
  • 6. Provide ongoing learningand supportResearch demonstrates that affecting deepchange in teacher practice requires multipletypes of learning designs, “observation, practice,and feedback,” and learning in social settings(Hirsh & Hord, 2012, pp. 126-127).Source: Hirsh, S. & Hord, S. (2012). A playbook for professional learning: Putting thestandards into action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.
  • 7. Download the article andaccompanying toolsRead the full article, published inThe Learning System (Fall, 2012), and download this tool:Leadership roles andresponsibilitiesAvailable at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system.
  • 8. Read the bookA Playbook for Professional Learning: Puttingthe Standards into ActionBy Stephanie Hirsh and Shirley HordPractical advice to improve studentachievement by using the revisedStandards for Professional Learning tochange how educators learn and practice.Avaialble at www.learningforward.org/bookstore or call 800-727-7288.
  • 9. Learn more withLearn more about professional learning at alllevels of education with Learning Forward, aninternational nonprofit association of learningeducators: www.learningforward.orgMembership in Learning Forward gives youaccess to a wide range of publications, tools,and opportunities to advance professionallearning for student success.