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Professional Learning Framework
In 2011, Hopkinton's professional learning team began work on the Hopkinton Professional Learning Framework. This document is currently under review. The HPS Philosophy of Professional Learning was approved by the School Committee in December 2011.
Individual and Group Best Practices for Professional Learning

The organization Learning Forward recommends the following possibilities for professional learning activities as alternatives to workshops, with additions by the Hopkinton Professional Learning Committee in brackets:


1.      Conduct action research projects

2.      Analyze teaching cases

3.      Be observed and receive feedback

4.      Join a cadre of in-house trainers

5.      Plan [units and] lessons with a teaching colleague

6.      Consult an expert [in person or online]

7.      Examine [your] student data

8.      [Carry out data inquiry in professional learning communities, discover root causes, and recommend solutions.]

9.      Be coached by a peer or expert

10. Lead [or participate in] a book study

11. Visit another school [or program]

12. Write assessments [of student learning] with colleagues

13. Participate in video-conference or conference call with experts

14. Do a classroom walk-through

15. Give presentations at conferences

16. Research on the Internet

17. Lead a school-wide [or district-wide] committee or project

18. Participate in a lesson study

19. Map your curriculum [with colleagues]

20. Coach a colleague

21. Be a mentor – be mentored

22. Join a professional network [in person or online]

23. Use a tuning protocol to examine student work

24. Maintain a professional portfolio

25. Write an article about your work

26. Observe other teachers teaching

27. Read journals, educational magazines, books, [and educational blogs in your field]

28. Participate in a critical friends group

29. Do a self-assessment

30. Shadow a student, a teacher, or another professional in the field

31. Keep a reflective log or journal

Professional Learning Organizations
Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council) - Review evidence-based articles about the link between professional learning and student achievement on the Evidence Database page.
Workshops and Course Offerings
Bureau of Education and Research regional workshops
Staff Development for Educators regional workshops and national conferences
North East and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory archives
WestEd Schools Moving Up upcoming events and archives
Professional Learning Framework and Related Resources