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By Learning Forward
June 2012
Vol. 33 No. 3
Learning communities can use this tool to gain a deeper understanding of the Standards for Professional Learning. Purpose The purpose of unpacking the Standards for Professional Learning is to explore the essential components that describe what educators should know and be able to do for effective professional learning. Materials  A copy of the Standards for Professional Learning for each team member A copy of the charts on pp. 46-47 for each team member Writing instruments Chart paper Markers Time: 30 minutes Suggested Process  Assign one standard to each member of the group. Ask team members to read their assigned standard, including the introduction and elaboration. While reading, team members can use the chart on p. 46 to make note of the core elements, topics, and skills,

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Facilitator Guide: Standards for Professional Learning

toolDesigned to assist facilitators in introducing and helping others implement the standards, this guide is for educators new to the Standards for Professional Learning as well as those familiar with the previous Standards for Staff Development.
The guide includes practical activities, reflection questions, and tools to deepen users’ understanding of the standards and how effective professional learning leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.

With many interactive learning opportunities for participant discussion, conversation, and involvement, this guide models the kind of professional learning described in the standards. The tasks, discussion questions, and tools frame reflections and dialogue about the standards and provide opportunities to apply them in users’ own work.

The guide is divided into nine units that are organized to support a full-day learning session on the standards with suggested variations for a two-hour introduction. Facilitators can also adapt the units to suit their particular schedules and learners.


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