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The Educator's Professional Growth Plan
A Process for Developing Staff and Improving Instruction

Second Edition


July 2007 | 256 pages | Corwin

"Outlines a systematic method that helps professional educators focus their energies on lasting professional growth. Strategies and templates assist teachers in reflecting on their own professional performance, setting their own learning targets, and managing their own progress toward greater professional success."
—Scott Estes, Principal
Glendale School, East Peoria, IL

"Offers the school leader a well-organized and effective plan. Reveals that true professional growth occurs through systematic reflection and analysis of one's strengths and weaknesses."
—Bonnie Watson, Writing Lab Coordinator
Owensboro 5-6 Center, KY

Empower teachers with growth opportunities that build rich professional collaborations and raise student achievement!

Recognizing that student achievement is intrinsically linked to high-quality teaching, Jodi Peine offers an invaluable guide that helps educational leaders strengthen teachers' instructional practice with an individualized and robust professional development process.

The author provides administrators and staff developers with step-by-step guidance for designing, implementing, and sustaining a professional growth plan. Grounded in research at elementary, middle, and high school levels, the process is delivered in manageable sections with reproducible forms for every step. With a refined method that includes formal data analysis, this guidebook:

  • Demonstrates how participants can develop their own goals and action plans
  • Provides current terminology and topics for individual growth plan development
  • Examines steps to take after completing first-generation professional growth plans
  • Helps redefine school improvement efforts to produce enduring systemic change

The Educator's Professional Growth Plan, Second Edition, provides a targeted approach that accommodates the unique needs of individual teachers. Within a supportive context, educators can assume responsibility for their own learning, witness changes in their professional practice, and realize substantive gains in student performance.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
1. Professional Growth: Defining the What, Why, Who, and How
What Is Professional Growth?  
What Is a Professional Growth Plan?  
What Is the Professional Growth Plan Process?  
Why Use the Professional Growth Plan Process?  
Who Can Use a Growth Plan?  
Who Can Lead the Professional Growth Plan Process?  
How to Implement the Professional Growth Plan Process Successfully  
Encouraging New Traditions in Professional Growth  
 
2. Managing the Professional Growth Plan Process
Operational Issues  
Allocating Resources  
Available Resources vs. Needs? - A Balancing Act  
Who Has the Time?  
Organizing People, Events, and Information  
Forms? - How Can They Help?  
Introducing the Process to Staff  
The School Leader as Coach and Advisor  
 
3. Identifying Areas for Professional Growth
The First of Four Phases  
Targeting Professional Growth  
Conducting a Personal Needs Assessment  
Comparing Current Practices to Established Professional Performance Standards/Best Practice Research  
Review and Understand Professional Performance Standards and Best Practices Research  
The Self-Assessment Activity  
Examining Relevant Student Performance Data  
Facilitating Data Analysis  
Linking Practice and Performance  
Addressing Deficiencies and Discrepancies  
Needs - Assessment and the School Leader  
The Needs - Assessment Conference  
The Needs Assessment Conference Record  
 
4. Designing the Professional Growth Plan
The Second Phase: Plan Design  
Guiding the Design Process  
Establishing Professional Goals  
Establishing Learner-Centered Goals  
Can Goals Change?  
Establishing the Questions  
Creating the Essential Question  
Creating Related Questions  
Designing an Action Plan  
Identifying Modes of Documentation  
Documentation: A Product and a Process  
Identifying Baseline Data  
Defining Methods of Evaluation  
Identifying Resource Needs  
Choosing a Method for Sharing Results With the Learning Community  
Finalizing the Growth Plan  
 
5. Professional Growth Plans in Progress
Implementation and Monitoring  
Monitoring the Process  
Formal Monitoring: Progress Meetings  
Informal Monitoring: Listening, Watching, Visiting  
Deciding What Is Not Working and Why  
Interim Sharing: What Has Happened so Far?  
Troubleshooting? What Happens If. . . .  
Preparing for the Final Phase  
 
6. Completing the Growth Plan Process
Plan Evaluation  
Growth Plan Summary Activities  
Summarizing the Growth Plan Experience? What Happened?  
The Growth Plan Summary Conference  
Evaluating Documentation of Professional Growth  
Sharing With the Learning Community  
Wrapping Up the Professional Growth Plan Process  
 
7. The Process Continues
Second Generation Plans and Beyond  
Impediments to the Process  
Changes in Personnel  
Inconsistent Implementation  
Lack of Administrative Support  
The Demands of Compliance Directives and Documentation  
The Professional Growth Plan Process Is School Improvement  
The School Leader as Mechanic and Change Agent  
 
Appendix A: School Leader Blacklines
 
Appendix B: Participant Blacklines
 
References
 
Index

"Offers the school leader a well-organized and effective plan. Reveals that true professional growth occurs through systematic reflection and analysis of one’s strengths and weaknesses."

Bonnie Watson, Writing Lab Coordinator
Owensboro 5-6 Center, KY

"A practical, comprehensive, up-to-date resource that empowers teachers and administrators to transform their schools into results-oriented professional learning communities. Peine's differentiated growth plan accommodates the unique needs and capabilities of both the administrator and the teacher. I highly recommend this book as a staff development text for any district."

Lynda Hootman, Teacher Educator
Morton, IL

"Takes readers through a process of professional growth and planning that is fully grounded in best practice. The second edition provides important insights on ways to sustain the professional growth process after the initial stages of implementation. A must-read for practicing administrators, teachers, and graduate students preparing to be administrators."

Jenny Tripses, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Bradley University

"Outlines a systematic method that helps professional educators focus their energies on lasting professional growth. Strategies and templates assist in guiding teachers to reflect on their own professional performance, set their own learning targets, and manage their own progress towards greater professional success."

Scott Estes, Principal
Glendale School, East Peoria, IL

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