Four Types of Professional Learning

Over the last several years, there is a growing advocacy for the importance of professional learning. The Learning Forward is committed to a goal of,  "every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves." We have elevated professional learning from periodic events to ongoing school functions. One example of evolution in our thinking is our choice of terms and how we have cast aside old terms and replace them with new terms, implying the new definitions are new and improved. We remember the days when we talked about professional learning as in-service training. You don't hear that term mentioned very often anymore. We then moved on to staff development, then professional development. And now we talk about professional learning and frequently as professional learning communities as an ongoing process within schools. Read More...