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Tightened Professional-Development Standards Released

Learning Forward, a.k.a. the Nonprofit Formerly Known As the National Staff Development Council, this morning unveiled an updated set of standards for guiding choices about quality teacher professional development.

The Standards for Professional Learning describe the "context, process, and content" of effective professional development across seven key areas. One aspect of note: The standards on professional-development content have been significantly streamlined. Take a look at the whole document, and let us know what you think of the changes.

It's been quite a year for teacher-standards revisions: The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortia released its new set a few months ago. That event was followed shortly thereafter by the inauguration of the Teacher Leader Model Standards, a project sponsored by the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service.

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