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Regional School District 13’s professional learning opportunities are designed with the goal of empowering educators to creatively and collaboratively address educational challenges and prepare students for success. For students to be successful and deemed college ready, they must demonstrate proficiency with essential knowledge and skills in core content areas and develop the thinking and learning skills to be academically, socially and emotionally prepared for lifelong learning and global citizenship. As a result, professional learning opportunities must be focused on academic content as well as the development of key 21st century skills. All learning should encourage innovation and inspire teachers to seek that which enhances, evolves, or expands student learning and classroom instruction.

 
To support the design of highly effective development opportunities, RSD13, in collaboration with its PDEC Committee and the CSDE Standards for Professional Learning, has adopted Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning, which state:
 
Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students...
  • Occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment;
  • Requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning;
  • Requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning;
  • Uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning;
  • Integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to develop effective learning designs that produce its intended outcomes;
  • Applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change;
  • Aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.
 
A printable Professional Learning Standards guide is available here.
 
Please watch this video to learn more about Regional School District 13’s Professional Learning model.
 
More information aligned to RSD13's professional learning designs can be found on the Connecticut State Department of Education's Talent Office