Four Guiding Questions for Professional Learning

Learning Forward’s PD Watch suggests that to keep professional development focused on what matters most—authentic learning—school system leaders shoud pose four basic questions to guide the organization’s professional learning:

  1. “What do the performance data of our students reveal about the learning needs of our teachers and principals?”
  2. “How are we organizing professional development so it causes our educators to take greater responsibility for their students’ learning?”
  3. “How are we organizing professional development so it causes our educators to learn from each other’s successes, and collaborate to learn from experts elsewhere?”
  4. “What is the evidence that our professional development is increasing educators’ effectiveness in ways that also raise levels of student performance?”

I know that DISD uses similar criteria in the development of their PD opportunities, and we will be stiving for the same with Leaders in Science PD.

What are your thoughts?

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