Toward the Effective Teaching of New College- and Career-Ready Standards: Making Professional Learning Systemic
This Research-to-Practice Brief states its purpose as describing the elements necessary to align state-level policies and practices with one another, and to move away from professional development and toward professional learning. This would allow teachers in more schools to have access to the conditions, incentives, and opportunities for engaging in professional learning that is less fragmented and more coherent, more relevant, and better differentiated. The brief discusses how state-level professional development policy, teacher certification policy, teacher evaluation policy, and teacher compensation policy can come together to build systems to support true professional learning. Throughout the brief, examples are provided of states that are taking important steps toward ensuring that all teachers are ready and able to prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.