Professional Learning State and District Planner
This planner is designed to help state education agencies support local education agencies with the implementation of Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, states have the opportunity and responsibility to expend allocated funds using continuous improvement rather than compliance only approach. ESSA also puts the emphasis on students who are underserved and the need for equitable access for all students to excellent teaching. Our goal with this planner is to assist you in making strategic, evidence-based decisions about the funding that you receive to improved teaching and learning for all students.
Beyond PD resources
A new study, Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems, provides evidence that continuous professional learning deeply embedded into the framework of schools is fundamental to student success. The study examines teacher professional learning practices and identifies common patterns across four high-performing school systems: Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and British Columbia.
Implementing student standards
Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms.
The Principal Story learning guide
School leadership matters. During the past decade, there has been a growing recognition among educators and policymakers that school principals must be instructional leaders who ensure that high-quality teaching occurs in every classroom. This view is backed up by a solid body of evidence showing that leadership places second only to teaching among school-related influences on learning.