Professional Learning Excellence | Why It Is Important

Find resources which explain why and how ongoing, collaborative and embedded professional learning transforms teaching and improves instruction.

Job-Embedded Professional Learning Essential to Improving Teaching and Learning in Early Education

Drawn from the Ounce Investing in Innovation (i3) project, this brief makes the case that the field must abandon traditional professional development and replace it with the organizational and sustained support of job-embedded professional learning (JEPL).

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Day2BreakoutSessionBEssentialSupportsforImprovingEarlyEducationSeries-JEPL.pdf

Change the Terms for Teacher Learning

This short article by Michael Fullan makes the case for a “radical shift” in how we approach teacher learning and development, underscoring the need for effective, embedded professional learning. National Staff Development Council, 2007.

http://www.michaelfullan.ca/media/13396074650.pdf

Professional Learning Communities: What are They and Why are They Important?

This short article from SEDL summarizes why professional learning within schools has become a powerful strategy for staff development and school change. SEDL, 1997.

http://www.sedl.org/change/issues/issues61.html

The Power of Professional Capital

Researchers Andres Hargreaves & Michael Fullan outline how investing in collaboration among teachers and building professional capital can transform teaching mindsets and outcomes. Learning Forward, 2013.

http://www.michaelfullan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/JSD-Power-of-Professional-Capital.pdf