Standards for Professional Learning

The seven standards of professional learning describe the attribute of effective professional learning utilized in Topeka Public Schools to provide guidance in  the planning and decisions making of job-embedded professional learning. The standards are grounded in research and evidence-based practices that document the connection between professional learning and student learning.

Learning Communities

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occur within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility and goal alignment.

Leadership

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate and create supports systems for professional learning.

Resources

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring and coordinating resources for educator learning.

Data

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess and evaluate professional learning.

Learning Designs

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.


Learning Designs has three core elements:

  • Apply learning theories, research, and models
  • Select learning designs
  • Promote active engagement

Implementation

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change.

Outcomes

Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.


Engage students in the highest quality of learning • Prepare students for responsible, productive citizenship • Inspire excellence for a lifetime
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