Explore the Standards for Professional Learning

February 2016

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The Learning Professional

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Standards Connect The Dots Between Teaching And Learning 

Have you ever wondered about the impetus for professional learning standards? Here is my view of how professional learning has come to be seen as one of the most powerful […]


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Learning Forward Offers The Opportunity To Learn, Grow, And Give Back 

I am Learning Forward! I want to share with you how I became a learning leader and a Learning Forward leader — both through the same process. In 2000, I […]

Learning Forward Appoints Associate Director Of Publications 

Eric Celeste has joined Learning Forward as associate director of publications. Celeste will help coordinate Learning Forward’s communication channels, primarily the member journal JSD, as well as the newsletter Tools […]

Standards Assessment Inventory Available On Amplify  

Learning Forward has released its Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) on the Amplify Professional Learning Maps platform. The partnership with Amplify — an industry leader in digital instruction, curriculum, and assessment — […]

Fort Bend Isd Partners With Learning Forward 

This spring, Learning Forward will launch a 10-month partnership with Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas to develop a comprehensive professional learning plan that will guide educator learning in […]

Learning Forward Welcomes New President, Members To Board Of Trustees 

Learning Forward’s board of trustees has a new president and two new members. John Eyolfson, district science coordinator at Cherry Creek School District in Colorado, began his term as president […]

Apply For A Learning School Designation 

Learning Forward has partnered with AdvanceEd to offer a Learning School designation to qualified schools. The designation provides schools with a set of criteria and research-based practices that indicate a quality professional […] 

Establishing Time for Collaborative Professional Learning With this 10-hour, learn-at-your-own-pace online course, you can develop an in-depth understanding of why time should be built into the school day so teachers can learn […]

Pairing New Science Curriculum With Professional Learning Increases Student Achievement 

What the Study Says A randomized trial study, conducted over two school years in 18 high schools in Washington, finds that An Inquiry Approach, a three-year, educative curriculum for high […]

Standards Self-Assessment And Follow-Up 

Purpose: This tool will assist learners in gauging their own experience with standards implementation and determining solutions to common gaps in implementing the standards. Time required: 60 minutes. Preparation: Create […]


Rethink teaching, Teacher resource, Policy snapshot, Accountability check, Learning outlook, Improving principals, Report on equity

Standards Have The Most Muscle When Used Together 

In the introduction to Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning, we describe how educators can use the standards to plan, implement, and evaluate professional learning. The standards offer criteria against […]

How The World’S Best Schools Stay On Top 

Teacher professional learning drives school improvement, according to a new study from Learning First commissioned by the Center on International Education Benchmarking of the National Center on Education and the […]

Why Adoption Of Standards Matters 

A total of 39 states have adopted, adapted, or endorsed the Standards for Professional Learning, including the standards issued in 2011 (labeled in red) and those published earlier (labeled in […]

Build Cultural Proficiency To Ensure Equity 

Cultural proficiency is about serving the needs of all students, with a laser-like focus on historically underserved students. When education is offered in a culturally proficient manner, historically underserved students […]

Amplify Change With Professional Capital 

In our recent work on professional capital, Andy Hargreaves and I (2013) have been explicit about the conditions at the school level that are essential for continuous professional learning. We […]

Use A Variety Of Practices To Connect With All 

The first strand of the Learning Designs standard focuses on the underlying beliefs and values that drive professional learning and the common features of robust learning environments that are informed […]

Gauge Impact With 5 Levels Of Data 

Effective professional learning evaluation requires consideration of five critical stages or levels of information (Guskey, 2000a, 2002a, 2005). These five levels represent an adaptation of an evaluation model developed by […]

Take A Whole New Look At How To Use Resources 

Let’s investigate in detail the most powerful resource levers for improving instruction. The following strategies, incorporating our findings from district research, case studies, and research on best practices, provide school […]

A Leader's Top Task Is To Nurture Talent 

 “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”  Albert Einstein School leaders who take professional learning seriously recognize that they are in an important business: talent development. […]

Harness The Energy Of Collaboration 

In 2008, we characterized professional learning communities (PLCs) as “ongoing groups of teachers who meet regularly for the purpose of increasing their own learning and that of their students” (Lieberman […]

Discover The Possibilities 

In 2011, Learning Forward revealed its third iteration of Standards for Professional Learning — seven characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student […]

Up Close 

4 Must-Haves For the Journey The Standards for Professional Learning focus attention on educator learning that relates to successful student learning. Implicit in the standards are several prerequisites for effective […]

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