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

Introducing the Standards for Professional Learning

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.

Tool: Connecting the standards

Use this handout to demonstrate how the standards work interdependently.

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.

Tool: Moving standards into practice


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