Professional Learning

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

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:

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 August 21, 2014