After returning from the Learning Forward Summer Conference in Indianapolis, I am really excited! I was fortunate enough to learn about the newly published Standards for Professional Learning. The new standards focus on the phrase "professional learning" instead of "professional development"....FINALLY! There used to be 12 standards, now they have been compacted into 7 standards. The language contained in the description of each standard is tight! Learning Forward took the time to carefully craft each sentence for each standard's descriptor and now, there is no question as to the intent and/or purpose.
The bigger question is this: Will states adopt Learning Forward's definition and standards into policy? I sure hope so!!! Learning Forward has done the research and written case studies to support the research. There is no reason why state governments need to reinvent the wheel. So, if you know someone who is an influencer on the state level, share the new Standards for Professional Development with them and fulfill your obligation to affect change in order to impact student achievement.
Dr. Frances A. Miller,