Building and Sustaining Professional Development

This module supports district, charter leaders and teacher-leaders in establishing systems and structures for planning, designing and evaluating high quality professional development. Participants will take an in depth look at the Guskey five phases of professional development; apply the processes of analysis, reflection and self-assessment throughout the module; work through the planning phases of the Guskey model of professional development; analyze effective implementation, delivery and facilitation skills; examine the importance of transitioning the PD learning/theory to practice through ongoing support; and use tools and processes to evaluate the effective facilitation of PD sessions.

6 weeks, 1.0 CEU (general)

Currently scheduled sections

Instructional goals and learning objectives

  1. Understand the Guskey phases of professional development.
    1. Identify and describe the phases of the Guskey model of PD.
    2. Examine how the phases of the Guskey model of PD fit together.
    3. Analyze and evaluate the Guskey model as a method of professional development.
  2. Apply the processes of analysis, reflection and self-assessment throughout all phases of professional development practices.
    1. Use reflection as a tool for effective planning, design, delivery and evaluation of professional development.
    2. Use data to make PD decisions concerning what professional development is needed.
  3. Apply the planning phase of the Guskey model of professional development.
    1. Review and analyze the 5 levels in Guskey’s Planning Phase.
    2. Compare current practices with the Guskey planning phase.
    3. Produce a draft plan or model of PD for school or district.
  4. Analyze and apply effective implementation, delivery and facilitation skills that strengthen the effectiveness of professional
    development in local districts and charters.

    1. Self-assess using the indicators for professional development practices. Identify practices that need development.
    2. Identify research based professional development practices.
    3. Identify and apply the principles of adult learning.
    4. Generate an understanding of a range of appropriate technology tools and strategies that support professional
      development for adult learners.
  5. Use tools and processes to evaluate the effective facilitation of individual professional development
    sessions and long term impact on teacher practice and student achievement.

    1. Develop a set of observable practices in the classroom that are evidence of strategies learned in PD.
    2. Identify and evaluate the impact of the PD on the organizational practices and beliefs of the
      teachers/school/district/charter.

Alignment to North Carolina standards

Course schedule

  1. Week 1: Understanding the Phases of the Guskey Model of Professional Development
    1. An Introduction to the Guskey Model
      Written and Discussion Activities: Complete a reflection on your current professional
      development planning and implementation practice; Discuss your strengths and areas of improvement.
    2. Discussion Forum: Professional development and the Guskey Model
  2. Week 2: Identifying and Analyzing Appropriate Data to Plan Effective, Targeted Professional Development
    1. Identifying Data
      Activities: Create a concept map showing types of data; read an article and respond using a graphic organizer.
    2. Discussion Forum: Identifying Data
    3. Analyzing and Using Data from Professional Development Surveys
      Activities: Create a survey that will inform PD planning and discuss the survey model you chose and why.
    4. Assignment Professional Development Survey Submission
  3. Week 3: Applying the Planning Phases of the Guskey Model of Professional Development
    1. Guskey’s Backward Planning Process
      Activities: Complete a checklist; reflect in your journal on a recent professional development that you delivered or attended.
    2. Identifying Characteristics of Effective Professional Development
      Activities: Complete a questionnaire; discuss the critical components of effective professional development in a short written assignment.
    3. Assignment: Critical Components of Effective Professional Development
    4. Human Resources Needed for Professional Development
      Activities: Complete a questionnaire; reflect in your journal on your responses to the questionnaire.
    5. Using the Planning Tool
      Activities: Complete a professional development planning document, share with your colleagues in a discussion and offer feedback.
    6. Discussion Forum: Professional Development Planning
  4. Week 4: Analyzing and Applying Effective Implementation, Delivery and Facilitation Skills
    1. Implementation, Delivery and Facilitation
      Activity: Journal entries noting strengths in implementing PD; Read article: Facilitation Skills: Developing Facilitating Leadership; and noting areas that need development
    2. Differentiation for Adult Learners
      Activity: Discussion on Concerns-Based Adoption Model
    3. Concerns-Based Adoption Model
    4. Job Embedded Technology that Enables Learning
      Activity: Reflect in journal on embedding technology in PD.
  5. Week 5: Transitioning the Learning/theory from the PD Session to Ongoing Practice
    1. The Role of Teacher/Instructional Leaders in Sustaining Professional Development
      Activities: Reflect on your definition of teacher leadership; Article Reading: Many faces of Leadership; Submitted Activity: Administrator Support
    2. Assignment: Administrator Support
    3. Elements of Professional Development that have Measurable Impact and Potential for Ongoing Practice
      Activities: Read articles; Contribute your ideas to the discussion forum
    4. Discussion Forum on Coaching
  6. Week 6: Evaluating Professional Development
    1. Using Tools and Processes to Evaluate Effective PD and Long Term Impact on Practice and Achievement
      Activities: Submitted Activity — Teacher Professional Development Guide; Read the Guskey Article: Evaluating Professional Development; Discuss the impact of professional development
    2. Assignment: Teacher Professional Development Evaluation Guide
    3. Impact of Professional Development