Learning Forward (NSDC) Standards for Staff Development

Standards for Professional Learning

Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Learning Forward is the only association focused solely on the most critical lever in improving schools - building the knowledge and skills of educators. Through the Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward leads the field in understanding what links professional learning to improved student achievement. We assist classroom, school, and system leaders in solving their toughest problems of practice. Learning Forward members experience practical learning opportunities, receive timely publications, and connect to like-minded educators from around the world.

CommunityStandard Learning Communities             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.   LeadershipStandard Leadership             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.
ResourcesStandard Resources             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.   DataStandard Data             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.
DesignsStandard Learning Designs             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.   ImplementationStandard Implementation             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.
OutcomeStandard Outcomes             Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.
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