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Planning for differentiated professional learning

The resources in this collection can be used by teachers, teacher teams, and administrators when planning, implementing, and evaluating differentiated cycles of professional learning.

Included Resources

This collection contains the Handbook for Professional Learning as well as all related activities. 

This collection contains a variety of protocols that teachers teams may use when analyzing student work and using evidence of student learning to drive instruction.




Collaborative Assessment Conference Protocol

This protocol can be used to support teachers in growi...

The Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching is the rubric used as a formative tool for teacher development as well as for evaluating teacher practice. This set of Professional Learning Activities inlcudes six 30-minute sessions aimed at building teachers’ and school leaders’ familiarity with the Framework for Teaching. Please see the document titled ...

Effective teachers plan and prepare to ensure lessons engage all students in thinking, have clear instructional outcomes, monitor learning, and provide relevant knowledge. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this domain.

Effective classrooms have respectful, organized, and productive environments that enable students to take intellectual risks and maximize learning time. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this domain.

Questioning and discussion techniques deepen student understanding and logical reasoning skills and bring all students into the learning. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this component.

Actively learning students are not only hands-on but minds-on, engaging in cognitive challenges. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this component.

Effective teachers monitor and assess student learning during the lesson to ensure all students are engaged throughout the teaching. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this component.

Collaborative Learning Through Peer Inter-visitation: A Toolkit for Educators contains protocols, planning tools, and professional learning activities to support schools in implementing inter-visitation structures that support the needs of their teachers and students. Teachers can use these tools to develop their instructional knowledge and skills by learning from successful practices of their colleagues and supporting one another in reflective teaching practice through peer mentoring.    

Updates to the Second Edition

  • Strategies for Implementing Inter-visitations has been updated with additional strategies that school teams in New York City have used to initiate and schedule inter-visitations as part of their professional learning.
  • A new resource, Choosing an Inter-visitation Protocol, outlines considerations and possible uses for both of the protocols.
  • The Inter-visitation Protocol for Studying Peer Practice has been updated to include tips for focusing inter-visitations.
  • The Inter-visitation Protocol for Reciprocal Peer Mentoring has been updated to include steps for participating teachers to focus on student learning outcomes in the observed lesson.
  • A new activity, Reflecting on Student Learning Outcomes at the Lesson Level, introduces a tool to support both the host and visiting teachers in compiling and reflecting on evidence of student learning after an inter-visitation visit.
  • A new Sample Professional Learning Team Cycle Planning Guide shows how a team of teachers might introduce inter-visitations to their colleagues. 

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This document contains Word versions of the templates included in "Collaborative Learning Through Peer Inter-visitations: A Toolkit for Educators."

Quality Review Indicators 4.2 Teacher Teams and Leadership DevelopmentDanielson Framework for Teaching 4a: Reflecting on TeachingDanielson Framework for Teaching 4d: Participating in the Professional CommunityDanielson Framework for Teaching 4e: Growing and Developing Professionally
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