In the most recent Learning Forward publication, Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Professional Learning Required, Joellen Killion outlines a clear path to successful implementation of Common Core State Standards. This path requires stakeholders from all entities to take action in the way they conceptualize, structure, and evaluate professional learning.
The publication is an important resource for educators interested in the effectiveness of the educator workforce to use in moving towards more meaningful professional learning experiences. In a section on the assumptions about effective professional learning, Killion explains that the three purposes of professional learning include individual teacher effectiveness, school capacity building, and program implementation. She explains that the right combination of these purposes tied to the standards for professional learning will lead to results for students. Killion also offers suggestions for overcoming the challenges of effective professional learning, such as time and funding, balancing purposes of professional learning, evaluating effectiveness and results, and leadership for professional learning.
As an Educator in Residence, the recommendation for individuals to "commit to career-long continuous learning as a professional responsibility and career progression to meet the needs of each student" represents the most critical shift that teachers must make to meet the promise of content standards. This shift is a shift in thinking. What will it take for us to make the shift?
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What recommendation for action do you believe is most critical?
What first step will you take?