Improving Professional Practice Through Professional Learning
Ongoing professional development (PD) is crucial for quality education processes and delivery. Effective professional development should permeate the educational organization at all levels, including teaching, staff and leadership. Maintaining currency is part of professional growth and development, but it is only one of the elements necessary to improve student and school achievement. Schools and school districts need to develop and implement professional growth plans for all staff, using a framework that incorporates standards for quality professional development. Educators need to remember that sustained professional development is just as important to improving student and school achievement as their preparation and training were for initial licensure at the beginning of their careers.