Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

What makes professional learning effective for teachers?

Teacher leaders who are responsible for providing professional learning play a significant part in improving teaching and learning.

As leadership teams are considering professional learning for the next school year, consider using Principles for High-Quality, Standards Aligned Professional Learning as a guide. The three principles described in the article are doable. The authors recognize that the work of “designing and engaging in professional learning is hard, and it is the work of many. The changes suggested by these Principles may not be simple or quick. But this change is necessary, especially for students for whom we can and must do better. When these evidence-based components are in place, teachers will begin to have the support they need to enable powerful learning for all students.”

If you find this resource helpful, please let Jaymie Randel, PLAEA Coaching Coordinator, know at

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