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More FAQs about the Standards for Professional Learning

Last week I shared several answers to questions about our new Standards for Professional Learning. Lately we've been hearing other questions about taking the next steps with the standards. Thanks to a generous grant from MetLife Foundation, we have additional support for developing additional resources, and we'll work on those in the coming months.

What can I find online about the standards?
Visit www.learningforward.org/standards to watch an overview video where I speak about the standards, find separate pages for each standard with the complete elaboration, references, and related resources. These pages will be updated monthly. Look for more short videos that highlight practitioners and experts and their real-world perspectives on the standards.

Will there be new Innovation Configuration maps for the new standards?
During 2011-12, the IC maps will be revised to align directly with the new Standards for Professional Learning. Look for the first volume towards the end of this year. Until then, those responsible for professional learning can continue to use the existing IC maps by using the crosswalk between the 2001 and 2011 version of the standards. See the crosswalk at www.learningforward.org/standards/crosswalk.pdf.

When will the new Standards Assessment Inventory be available?
The revised Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) based on the Standards for Professional Learning will be available for use by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. During the 2011-12 school year, the SAI will continue to provide valid and highly reliable data about the effectiveness of professional learning and correlates to the newly revised Standards for Professional Learning. Practitioners will find the crosswalk referenced above useful for making connections between the two versions of the standards. Watch for an announcement in the spring about being a part of the pilot testing of the new SAI2 and having complimentary access to the SAI2 for a limited time.

How can I learn more about the standards?
This fall, Learning Forward will offer a multiweek e-learning program to explore the standards in depth through a facilitated opportunity for study and discussion. Visit www.learningforward.org/elearning/programs for details and to register. Also, Learning Forward will offer several options for learning about the standards at the 2011 Annual Conference in Anaheim in December. Sign up for a full-day preconference session or attend a shorter concurrent session to build understanding of the standards.

Who can I contact with questions about the standards?
Jacqueline Kennedy, associate director of strategic initiatives, is the staff person responsible for standards. Feel free to contact her for assistance at [email protected]

Stephanie Hirsh
Executive Director, Learning Forward

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