National Staff Development Council Standards Cindy Brown Jill Erickson Vera Weber Jerad Voglewede Crysta Wagner ED635 Personnel, Supervision, and Staff Development Spring 2009 Powerful Forms of Staff Development
Staff Development Defined... Staff development improves the learning of all students. The process of providing ongoing opportunities for employees to improve their knowledge and skills. NSDC’s Standards Text's Standards Achievement & Engagement
Context Standards Staff development that improves the learning of all students:
Organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
Requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
Requires resources to support adult learning and collaboration .
Uses disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
Uses multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
Prepares educators to apply research to decision making.
Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
Applies knowledge about human learning and change.
Provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.
Staff development that improves the learning of all students:
Data Driven Staff development that improves the learning of all students using disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
Analyzing data and developing goals helps to determine the content of the teacher's professional development for instruction, curriculum, or assessment.
The use of data in staff development efforts needs to be measureable in order to see if its effective.
In order to sustain momentum, teachers need to see improvement in student learning as a result of staff development.
Carefully examining student work is in itself a means of staff development .
Data Driven Staff development that uses data from various sources to drive their decisions helps to provide meaningful guidance to both teachers and administrators.
Due to the fact it can become confusing for educators to select research-based improvements because of varying opinions among researchers, it is important to have teams of teachers and administrators study the research that supports instructional improvement or whole-school reforms through:
Reading research reports
Talking with researchers on the telephone or inviting them to the school
Visiting schools that have adopted this approach
Designing a pilot study is another form of research to use in determining the effectiveness of a program before the program is fully implemented.
In order for the pilot study to effectively assess the program, it must clearly outline the program's goals, methods, and indicators of success.
Design Standard Staff development that improves the learning of all students uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
Design Standard It is essential that staff development leaders select learning strategies based on the intended outcomes and their diagnosis of participants' prior knowledge and experience.
Educators must go beyond understanding new ideas for their "face value", but instead strive for a more complete understanding of its purpose, critical attributes, meaning, and connections to other approaches.
Professional development should provide various learning styles, such as seeing, hearing, doing, or electronic resources that meet the needs of all staff members.
Educational leaders need to be understanding of the anxiety and fear staff may feel when going through a change and harbor a respectful and trusting environment where these feelings can be communicated.
Content Standards Staff development that improves the learning of all students:
Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly, and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
Deepens educators' content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
Provides educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.
Deep understanding of subjects they teach Participate in rigorous professional learning Apply various Classroom Assessment strategies Use appropriate instructional methods Quality Teachers Student Success Student Success Student Success Student Success
Effective partnerships require leadership, a compelling purpose for their work, and a set of mutually agreed-upon goals.
Educators must be knowledgeable about various ways in which families and community members can be involved meaningfully in the affairs of the school for the benefit of students.
Provides teachers and administrators with important tools for family involvement Establish partnerships with the families or caregivers of their students See consensus building with the broader school community
Strengthen connections with families and the community by posting school news and homework assignments on school web sites
Eases communication with teachers by providing e-mail or voice mail access to families
Increases the availability of computers to all students by working with community organizations such as libraries and churches.
Understand backgrounds and challenges of their students and their families
Communicate clearly and respectfully with family
Demonstrate genuine interest in the welfare of the child and family
Conduct meetings that create a sense of teamwork between home and school
Delineate ways for providing support for a student's learning at home
Demonstrate ways caregivers may be involved in schools volunteers or committee members
Communicate in clear, direct language (both orally and in writing)
Conduct meetings that balance task achievement and relationships
Clear about their own values and beliefs and respectful of the values and beliefs of others
Convey authentic interest in the perspectives of others
Listen deeply and honor others' points of view
Identify areas of common interest
Technology Teachers Administrators Family Involvement