Best Practices: Professional Learning


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book This book provides a vision for focusing on the essentials of teaching, curriculum, assessment and leadership; making action research work and moving beyond the train the trainer model. Transforming Professional Development into Student Results by Douglas Reeves http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109050.aspx  
white paper The white paper released in conjunction with a first look at ISTE’s new standards for coaching, NETS*C, focuses on the transformation of professional development for a new digital generation. ISTE recommends a three-pronged approach to better prepare teachers to help students learn and unlock their potential. The approach embraces • An effective coaching model • Online communities for greater collaborative • A fully embedded use of technology Technology, Coaching, and Community http://www.iste.org/news/11-06-29/New_White_Paper_New_Standards_for_Technology_Coaching_Debut_at_ISTE_2011.aspx 
standards The most effective way for transforming instruction and learning is professional peer coaching that provides at-the-elbow support for teachers to try new things and to change instructional practice. ISTE NETS for Technology Coaches: NETS-C http://www.iste.org/news/11-06-29/New_White_Paper_New_Standards_for_Technology_Coaching_Debut_at_ISTE_2011.aspx 
wikispace Peer coaches help colleagues integrate technology into their own classroom activities and to improve lesson design. Peer Coaching is a proven methodology for training teachers to alter practice and beliefs and for transforming teaching and learning. Wisconsin Peer Coaching Collaborative http://wipeercoaching.wikispaces.com/ 
standards Here are the 2011 National Staff Development Council Standards for Professional Learning. These standards focus on building professional learning communities that increase educator effectiveness. They promote transforming learning for all students that occurs within these professional learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment. Learning Forward http://www.learningforward.org/standards/learningcommunities/indes.cfm  
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