Professional Learning System Toolkit

Download the "Great Professional Learning Matters" Guidance Document

How to Use This Site

  • Read the “Great Professional Learning Matters” Guidance Document
  • This site is organized by phases of professional learning. Identify the phase(s) of interest and use action suggestions, tools, and resources as relevant.

Great Professional Learning Strategies Summary

  • Engage in professional learning cycles: plan - deliver/engage - reflect/adjust
  • Build a coherent professional learning system. Start by developing a coherent SIP professional learning plan that aligns SBLT, school-wide, teaming, and coaching professional learning

Great Professional Learning Research-Based Practices Summary

  • Excellence & equity at the center
  • Results oriented - focus on desired improvements in practice and student learning
  • Assess professional learning effectiveness and needs
  • Coherence - align professional learning to goals and priorities, across the school, across the year
  • Collaborate - learn together
  • Job-embedded professional learning cycles and adult learning designs
  • Differentiate according to role, expertise, and interest as necessary

Prepare for Success

Action Tools Resources
Organize for collaborative work
Create SIP Professional Learning Plan/Calendar
  • See “Plan” section below for additional resources.
Complete professional learning self-assessment(s) to identify strengths and growth areas.


Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Practices

Action Tools Resources
Integrate culturally and linguistically responsive practices into the professional learning system.


Plan

Action Tools Resources
Use the SIP Professional Learning Plan/Calendar as the overarching plan (see Prepare section above).

Plan coherent professional learning cycles (typically 4-12 weeks) that align to the SIP Professional Learning Plan.
Plan professional learning meetings
Using PD for credit or educator effectiveness
Consider logistical needs


Deliver/Engage

Action Tools Resources
Engage adult learners with effective learning tasks and delivery strategies
Use technology to enhance and expand professional learning


Reflect & Adjust

Action Tools Resources
Prepare, analyze, and use data to assess and evaluate professional learning

Assess professional learning cycle effectiveness by analyzing student and instructional data


Contacts and Support

Action Resources
Access central office support
  • Contact your school improvement partner for general professional learning customized support or consultation
  • Search the PD Catalog for these offerings on how to plan, deliver and assess professional learning
    • Adaptive Schools
    • Delivering Great Professional Learning
    • Great Professional Learning Designs in 4-12 Week Cycles
    • Let’s Connect
    • Let’s Blend
Professional learning is most effective in schools that function as professional learning communities.

~ Rick DuFour

Overview

  • Teaming is a crucial component of a professional learning system and a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS).
  • MMSD emphasizes teams as essential to a well-functioning school:
    • School-based leadership team (SBLT)
    • Teacher teams
    • Student support intervention team (SSIT)
    • Additional teams as necessary (e.g., PBS team)


Action Resources
Develop collaborative teams that engage in learning cycles.
Align the progression of learning and planning for teams to the SIP school-wide professional learning plan.

Download the "Coach Guidance Document"

This Coaching Toolkit and Guidance Document focuses on instructional coach practices. The Coach Guidance Document provides the purpose and the framework for coaching in MMSD. Click above to learn about the context for the linked tools and resources.

How to Use This Site

  • Read the Coach Guidance Document.
  • This site is organized by phases of coaching. Identify the phase(s) of interest and use actions, tools, and resources as relevant.

Coaching Summary

  • Focused on student data
  • Typically in 4-8 week cycles
  • Delivered with individual teachers and teacher teams
  • Assessed for effectiveness upon cycle completion


Prepare for Success

Action Tools Resources
Principal and coach calibrate role of coach
  • Communicate role of coach to staff
  • Share Coaching Module with Staff during August Welcome Back Days
Complete professional learning self-assessment(s) to identify strengths and growth areas. Coach and/or principal complete student-centered coaching rubric to self-assess strengths and growth areas


Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Practices

Action Tools
Integrate culturally and linguistically responsive practices into coaching cycles


Plan

Action Tools Resources
Develop schoolwide coaching plan Sample month schedule
Plan long-term coaching calendar
Plan short-term coaching cycles


Coach

Action Tools Resources
Establish goals
Record notes from planning and debrief meetings
Facilitate coaching conversations Video examples of coaching:
Core practice 1: Setting student learning goals for coaching cycles
Analyze data & student work (within coaching cycle)
Video examples of coaching:
Core practice 3:Using student evidence to co-plan instruction
Co-plan and co-teach for instruction Video example of coaching:
Core practice 5: Co-teaching with a focus on effective teaching practice
Consider alternate models for collaboration as relevant


Reflect & Adjust

Action Tools Resources
Prepare, analyze, and use data to assess coaching cycle effectiveness.
Communicate impact of coaching to principal and staff
Engage in coach to coach observation and feedback in coaching labs Video examples of coaching labs:

Full coaching lab at Stephens:
Additional debriefs:


Contacts and Support

Action Resources
Access Central Office Support