Professional Learning

   
OVERVIEW
   
 

Research has shown that educator quality is one of the most important influences on student achievement (Chetty, Friedman & Rockoff, 2012). High quality professional learning that spans the continuum of an educator’s career is essential to increase educator’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs so that they may enable all students to learn at high levels. Professional learning that is most effective in improving educator practice is

  • Intensive, ongoing, and connected to practice;
  • Focused on student learning and addresses the teaching of specific curriculum content;
  • Aligned with school improvement practices; and
  • Builds strong working relationships among teachers (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson & Orphanos, 2009)

Our consistent goal is to engage educators in professional learning that is framed by standards, advised by stakeholder input, evaluated for impact on student achievement, and informed by research on effective practice.

   
   
OUR VISION
   
  A Vision for Quality Professional Learning in All Vermont Schools
Quality professional development has the power to increase educators’ knowledge of academic content and teaching skills while changing what educators believe about student learning and how they interact with students. Powerful professional development can transform schools into places in which all adults and students are deeply engaged in learning and making meaning of their lives.
   
   
OUR STRATEGY: AN ALIGNED APPROACH
   
  By aligning standards and processes for school and educator quality and increasing access to high quality professional learning, Vermont is creating a statewide system to increase student learning.
   
   
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
   
 

Vermont Task Force on Teacher/Leader Effectiveness
The Vermont Guidelines for Teacher & Leader Effectiveness document was approved by the Vermont State Board of Education on June 18, 2012. The document is intended to clarify essential elements of a high-quality teacher and leader evaluation system and provide guidance as districts work to design or improve their evaluation systems. Teachers and leaders are critically important to the success of students. In the 2012- 2013 school year, the Task Force will continue working on developing differentiated pathways for recognition, support and improvement and develop guidelines for continuous monitoring, support and improvement of evaluation system.

   
 

A Guide for Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Learning in Schools and Districts
This guide is for superintendents, principals, staff developers, teachers and professional development providers-in short for anyone who has a stake in ensuring that professional learning has greater impact on improving practice and increasing student learning.

 
   
 

A Vision for Quality Professional Learning in All Vermont Schools
Quality professional development has the power to increase educators’ knowledge of academic content and teaching skills while changing what educators believe about student learning and how they interact with students. Powerful professional development can transform schools into places in which all adults and students are deeply engaged in learning and making meaning of their lives.

Strategy: An Aligned Approach
By aligning standards and processes for school and educator quality and increasing access to quality professional development, Vermont is creating a statewide system to improve educator quality and increase student learning through:

  • Vermont’s Standards for Professional Learning
    These standards align with the standards of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Staff development standards can assist educators in planning and implementing professional development that is based upon student needs, driven by the intended results and desired changes in educator knowledge, skills and attitudes, and designed to transform the organization into a learning community. For more information about the national standards and links to their Web site, view additional resources.  
   
 
   
 
  • Vermont’s System of Educator Licensing
    Vermont's system of educator licensing requires continual professional growth. Professional development is required for renewal of Level II licensure and must be based upon an Individual Professional Learning Plan (IPDP) developed by the educator after assessing his/her teaching performance and student data. Documentation of the educator’s learning in relation to professional learning goals is required through a portfolio.
   
 
  • Statewide System of Professional Learning
   
 
  • Professional Learning Network (PLN)
    The PLN is a state-wide system to address the need for a coordinated, cohesive and consistent approach to professional learning across the state with an emphasis on geographic equity and comparable quality articulated in one specific scope of work.
  • Vermont Higher Education Collborative for Education Workforce Development (VT-HEC)
    The VT-HEC was formed in 2000 as part of Act 117. It is the joint work of the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont. The VT-HEC, along with Vermont school districts and other education related organizations, are working together in new ways to make quality preparation, development and support programs accessible to educators and educators-to-be in all parts of Vermont.
   
LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
   
 

Professional Learning Resources & Information
This page link provides limited listing of resources and information that can be used to develop professional development programs and plans for individuals and districts. This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of professional development providers or resources.

Use the following links to view information about professional development:

Questions?

MC Moran at mc.moran@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1205

Page Last Updated on March 21, 2014