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Developing Professional Learning Targets

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EL Education

Topic

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Professional Development

Type

Guidance Documents

Grade Level

EL Education Schools create annual work plans that identify one or two clear goals for the year linked with student achievement priorities. These goals are derived from a close look at available achievement data including student performance on state tests and evidence related to a broader definition of achievement: authentic student products and/or student engagement, motivation and character. For example, a school might craft the following goal as part of its annual work plan:

  • Students will increase their ability to apply critical thinking skills in order to demonstrate mastery of a variety of authentic academic tasks.

However, naming a student achievement goal is just the starting point. Schools then develop a theory of action that names the concrete steps the school will take to reach this goal. This process helps uncover any structural or cultural barriers to reaching the goal as well as the knowledge and skills needed to make the vision a reality. From their theory of action, schools identify long-term learning targets for all faculty members that clarify the specific professional learning that needs to take place in order to equip all teachers to help students make progress toward the work plan goal.

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Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Professional Development

Type

Guidance Documents

Grade Level

EL Education Schools create annual work plans that identify one or two clear goals for the year linked with student achievement priorities. These goals are derived from a close look at available achievement data including student performance on state tests and evidence related to a broader definition of achievement: authentic student products and/or student engagement, motivation and character. For example, a school might craft the following goal as part of its annual work plan:

  • Students will increase their ability to apply critical thinking skills in order to demonstrate mastery of a variety of authentic academic tasks.

However, naming a student achievement goal is just the starting point. Schools then develop a theory of action that names the concrete steps the school will take to reach this goal. This process helps uncover any structural or cultural barriers to reaching the goal as well as the knowledge and skills needed to make the vision a reality. From their theory of action, schools identify long-term learning targets for all faculty members that clarify the specific professional learning that needs to take place in order to equip all teachers to help students make progress toward the work plan goal.

Download this resource to read the full text.

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