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SSR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING (PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPMENT)
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Achievement Gaps“The disparity in academic performance between groups of students.”https://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/achievement-gap/index.html
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Analyzing Student PerformanceMethodically examining student data and work product to determine students’ learning and development and instructional effectiveness.http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr246.shtml
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Best PracticesProfessional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective.
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Constructive Feedback“Helps identify solutions for areas of weakness by looking at “what can be improved” rather than focusing on “what is wrong.”http://medicine.tufts.edu/~/media/TUSM/MD/PDFs/Education/OEA/Faculty%20Development/Feedback_Effective%20and%20Constructive%20Feedback.pdf
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Continuous ImprovementContinuous Improvement is a cycle of engaging in inquiry, action research, data analysis, planning, implementation, reflection, and evaluation. Characteristics of each application of the cycle of continuous improvement are: The use of data to determine student and educator learning needs; Identification of shared goals for student and educator learning; Professional learning to extend educators' knowledge of content, content-specific pedagogy, how students learn, and management of classroom environments; Selection and implementation of appropriate evidence-based strategies to achieve student and educator learning goals; Application of the learning with local support at the work site; Use of evidence to monitor and refine implementation; and Evaluation of results.”https://learningforward.org/standards/learning-communities
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District Professional Learning Plan“A documented plan for how to organize and implement local professional learning activities, that is evaluated regularly. ”https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/grantees/handbook/professional-learning
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EfficacyThe ability to produce a desired or intended result.
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Feedback“Information about progress toward reaching a goal.”http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept12/vol70/num01/Seven-Keys-to-Effective-Feedback.aspx
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Fidelity of Implementation“How well an initiative is implemented with regard to achieving goals, or the extent to which a current practice matches the ideal.”http://journals.sagepub.com.aurarialibrary.idm.oclc.org/doi/full/10.3102/0034654307313793
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Individual Professional Learning Plan (could also be Professional Growth Plan)A documented plan for how to organize and implement individual professional learning activities, that is evaluated regularly.
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Learning CommunityA learning community is a group of people who share common academic goals and attitudes, who meet semi-regularly in a collaborative process.
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Mentor“A mentor is an An individual with expertise who can help develop the career of a mentee.https://www.apa.org/education/grad/intro-mentoring.pdf
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Needs AssessmentAn identification of perceived or actual needs through collecting data.https://www.cde.state.co.us/sites/default/files/documents/fedprograms/dl/consapp_na_guide.pdf
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Opportunity GapsThe disparity in distribution of academic resources among groups of students..
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Professional DevelopmentIncludes formal education, specialized training, and professional learning
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Professional LearningContinuous improvement practices to increase educator effectiveness and results for all studentshttps://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/job-embedded-professional-development.pdf
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Research-Based“Educational practices, methodology, strategies, programs or materials that have been shown, through scientific study, to have a correlation with, or effect on, student learning.”Standards Based Teaching
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Shared ResponsibilityShared responsibility brings together the entire education community, including members of the education workforce -- teachers, support staff, school system staff, and administrators -- as well as families, policy makers, and other stakeholders, to increase effective teaching in every classroom.”https://learningforward.org/standards/learning-communities
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Strategic Priorities“An area that a school or school district identifies that focuses on the instructional core, is directly observable, is actionable, and connects to a broader strategy of improvement.”https://education.ucdavis.edu/general-information/problems-practice-necessary-steps
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