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  • 1. QualityProfessionalDevelopmentby Karen Kroll
  • 2. Quality Professional DevelopmentIs.. Job Embedded● is grounded in day-to-day practice● occurs regularly● consists of teachers analyzing studentslearning and finding solutions to immediateproblems of practice● is aligned to student standards, schoolcurricula, and school improvement goals.Examples of JobEmbedded PDMentoring/Coaching Data Teams/AssessmentDevelopmentOrganizational Research Peer ObservationPeer Coaching Portfolios Study Circles(Darling-Hammond & McLaughlin, 1995; Hawley & Valli, 1999; Hirsh, 2009)
  • 3. Focuses on ResultsProfessional development not tied to outcomes instudent achievement, it is often nothing more thanactivity-based time, time that may not have lastingor meaningful results.
  • 4. Research BasedBy examining what works, instructional leaders candetermine which practices are most effective indifferent contexts and what factors will contribute toimproved educator and student learning.
  • 5. Fosters Individual and TeamLearningFor professional development to take hold andresult in increased student performance, it shouldinclude both individual and team, or organizationallearning.
  • 6. Informs AdultLearning throughStudent LearningTo improve student performancestart with an assessment of howstudents learn and wherestudents are in the learningprocess. This will require anexamination of student work,and a review of data on studentperformance.Link Process withResultsFocus on what they will generatein terms of improved studentlearning, rather than on theskills that the session willdevelop in teachers. Theacquisition of skills is a stepalong the path towards improvedstudent achievement andenhanced learning, not the endgoal in itself.
  • 7. Fosters Professional Learning andGrowth...Examine educatorscognitive processesand relationships, aswell as the physical,social and emotionalconditions that lead tothe transformation ofknowledge, attitudes,skills, and behaviors,rather than theactivities associatedwith the developmentprocess itself.