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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING TOOLS
Several guidebooks and toolkits offer schools practical tips for working through the professional development planning process.
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
Professional Development, Learning from the Best: A Toolkit for Schools and Districts Based on Model Professional Development Award Winners. Preview, download, or order a print copy of this 102-page resource. Includes sections on designing, implementing, and evaluating professional development.
Comprehensive School Reform: Research-Based Strategies to Achieve High Standards. This package includes two videotapes and a guidebook. The guidebook provides a coherent framework for planning schoolwide improvements aimed at helping every student meet challenging standards. The first videotape overviews the CSRD program; the other showcases several schools that have begun implementing schoolwide reform. The package is available for $59.
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
A key part of planning is having a real understanding of students and their needs. The School Change Collaborative of the Regional Educational Laboratories, in their project on Students as Partners in Self Study, is field testing a variety of tools to capture student perspectives.
Achieving Your Vision of Professional Development: How to Assess Your Needs and Get What You Want: This in-depth guide has sections on developing a vision, planning, and investing in professional development, with many examples. A chapter on the national award-winning schools is also included.
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