Personalized Professional Learning

Personalized Professional Learning

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2685-8.ch002
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Abstract

The goal of teacher professional learning is to build teacher capacity and to facilitate improved student learning. Personalized professional learning should be differentiated based on teacher needs and prior knowledge and embedded within the individual teaching context in a job-embedded approach. Further, professional development is meant to provide teachers with on-going opportunities to keep current on new research regarding student learning, technology tools for the classroom, and curriculum resources. The content in this chapter builds upon the foundational concepts previously discussed to define personalized professional learning, explains the differences between traditional and personalized professional development models, and enlightens the reader regarding recommended changes in professional learning approaches to achieve greater teacher success in the classroom.
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Standards For Professional Learning

Critical to improving schools is improving professional learning. Learning Forward is a professional organization solely focused on building skills and knowledge of educators. The authors of this text recognize Learning Forward as the nation's largest nonprofit membership association focused solely on ensuring success for all students through effective professional learning and school improvement. It advocates for every educator having access to professional learning that is results-driven, standard-based, and job-embedded. For this reason, the authors utilize the following standards from the Learning Forward association (learningforward.org, 2015), as these standards outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching:

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