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Thus, we need to focus on professional development. High-impact professional learning has three necessary components. First, it must be directly linked to student learning. The second component is that it must balance student results with a rigorous observation of teaching and administrative practices. The third component is that it must focus on people and practices rather than programs. It is not a series of PowerPoints delivered by someone who has not had contact with students in recent years.
High-impact professional learning is affected by the "Law of Initiative Fatigue. White, as stated by Reeves 28 , also established that there is an inverse relationship between the number of priorities a leader pursues and their long-term effectiveness. This leads us to the concept of power standards. Having too much to accomplish and not enough time is a common complaint from both teachers and leaders. Power standards were developed to help address this dilemma. A power standard has leverage by being able to cross over into more than one discipline.
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A power standard has endurance because it is a necessary skill at more than one grade level. A power standard is essential for success at the next level.
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These are the standards that the next grade-level teacher would deem essential. Just as we are able to come up with power standards for students, we are also able to develop them for teachers and school leaders.
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Even with the time constraints, the number of tasks required of school personnel keeps increasing, especially in the area of planning documents. Reeves notes that as the number and size of school improvement plans have increased, there has not been a corresponding increase in student achievement. From his research, Reeves found that student achievement corresponded to plans that had nine characteristics. These plans included the following components:.
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If you're tired of professional development that takes up too much time and delivers too little, read Transforming Professional Development into Student Results and discover how to move toward a system that gives educators the learning experiences they need to make a measurable difference for their schools and their students. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text, Original pages. Best For.