Ambitious school improvement efforts aren't for the faint-hearted. Before you embark on your next professional learning initiative, ask these questions to make sure that you and your team are ready to make the commitment necessary to achieve ongoing success.

Joellen Killion asks, "Which professional learning standards should we address as we plan?" The answer is simple, she says: The standards work as an integrated whole, so it is all or none.

As policies transform expectations for students and educators, policies must transform expectations for professional learning. Stephanie Hirsh shares a chart to consider how well your state or system is transforming its professional learning policies.

Learning Forward hopes that educators find joy in learning. Read how achieving outcomes from aligning adult learning with our Standards for Professional Learning are a path to joy, and then share your own moments of joy with us.

Julie Blaine, president of the Learning Forward Board of Trustees, shares a success story that demonstrates the innovation and dedication it takes to rise to the top when implementing and supporting districtwide learning.

Education evaluation systems claim to place professional growth and development at their heart. However, too much focus on operational components and not enough on the learning may set up potentially nullifying circumstances.

Frederick Brown explores the most popular publications downloaded from The Wallace Foundation that includes a mix of perspectives, groundbreaking research reports, and insightful publications from multiple organizations that connect leadership to teacher and student learning.

In professional learning that leads to changed educator practices and improved student results, there are five shifts that must occur. See how your state, system, school, or learning team measures up.

As the Learning Forward staff reads StrengthsFinder 2.0 and uses the accompanying assessment to identify individual strengths, Carol François reflects on the importance of having each team member understand what makes him or her strong individually in order to have a strong team.

When school board members engage in effective professional learning themselves, they will ensure its implementation across the school system and hold the superintendent accountable for it. Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster share five ways school boards can practice effective professional learning.

The opinions expressed in Learning Forward's PD Watch are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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