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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall, 2012, Vol. 16, No. 1

Sep 04, 2012

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Where do I start? How to find entry points for introducing the Standards for Professional Learning

By Anthony Armstrong


A common question many educators ask about the new Standards for Professional Learning is, “Where do I start?” It can be a daunting task to introduce a new, unfamiliar topic to school and district leaders. The key to getting started, though, is using current initiatives as entry points for discussions about standards-based professional learning.

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Tool: Connecting the standards

Use this handout to demonstrate how the standards work interdependently.

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Tool: How my standard connects

In this tool, participants create their own set of questions that demonstrate the interconnectivity of one standard with the others.

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Tool: Moving standards into practice

Identify forces that support and challenge implementing the standards and discover suggestions for increasing and decreasing their respective effects.

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Additional resources (online-only)

Facilitator Guide

Designed to assist facilitators in introducing and helping others implement the standards, this free 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.

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