These resources can help you learn more about professional development for your, your teachers, and your staff.

  • Maryland Teacher Professional Development Standards – MSDE
  • Helping Teachers Help All Students – Maryland Teacher Professional Development Advisory Council
  • Critical Issues: Finding Time for Professional Development – “Reform requires that teachers learn new roles and ways of teaching. That translates into a long-term developmental process requiring teachers to focus on changing their own practice. The problem is where do teachers find the time for change in their already busy schedules?”  – North Central Regional Education Library (NCREL)
  • Professional Learning Communities: What Are They and Why Are They Important? – “As an organizational arrangement, the professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement. Thus, persons at all levels of the educational system concerned about school improvement – state department personnel, intermediate service agency staff, district and campus administrators, teacher leaders, key parents and local school community members – should find this paper of interest.” – SEDL
  • Standards for Professional Learning – “The standards make explicit that the purpose of professional learning is for educators to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions they need to help students perform at higher levels. The standards are not a prescription for how education leaders and public officials should address all the challenges related to improving the performance of educators and their students. Instead, the standards focus on one critical issue — professional learning.” – Learning Forward
  • Schools as Learning Communities  – “The idea of improving schools by developing professional learning communities is currently in vogue. People use this term to describe every imaginable combination of individuals with an interest in education—a grade-level teaching team, a school committee, a high school department, an entire school district, a state department of education, a national professional organization, and so on. In fact, the term has been used so ubiquitously that it is in danger of losing all meaning.”  – Richard DuFour (p.6 – 11)
  • The Pursuit of Excellence in Teacher Professional Development – “The Council’s interest in the role of school-based professional development staff has been shaped in large part by an interest in school-based, job-embedded professional development, which is viewed by many as the most valuable kind of professional learning.” – Maryland Teacher Professional Development Advisory Council
  • A Practical Guide to Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness – “There is increased consensus that highly qualified and effective teachers are necessary to improve student performance, and there is growing interest in identifying individual teachers’ impact on student achievement. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act mandates that all teachers should be highly qualified, and by the federal definition, most teachers now meet this requirement.” – Little, Goe & Bell
  • Professional Development in the United States: Trends and Challenges – “A new study that analyzes the status of professional learning in the United States reveals that the nation is making some progress in providing increased support and mentoring for new teachers. But the study also reveals that the United States has moved backward in providing the vast majority of teachers with the kind of ongoing, intensive professional learning that research shows has a substantial impact on student learning.” – National Staff Development Council (NSDC) and Stanford Center for  Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
  • Job-Embedded Professional Development – “Job-embedded professional development (JEPD) refers to teacher learning that is grounded in day-to-day teaching practice and is designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional practices with the intent of improving student learning (Darling-Hammond & McLaughlin, 1995; Hirsh, 2009).” – Croft, Coggshall, Dolan, Powers, & Killion

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