Professional Development Standards
Quality Professional Development Standards
the Context for Professional Development Standards
In 2006 the Association of Adult Literacy Professional
Developers (AALPD) identified the development of quality
standards in professional development as a priority area.
Over the last year, an AALPD committee formed to research
and draft a set of professional development standards.
These standards, in conjunction with the AALPD policies
are designed to enhance professional development systems
at the state and local levels. .
policies provide the infrastructure to support access
and participation of adult basic education, literacy and
ESOL practitioners and administrators in professional
development. They provide the support, structure, and
resources for professional development. The standards
define the characteristics of quality professional development
that develops effective and reflective adult educators.
proposed AALPD standards can be used:
state ABE leadership to set a vision for professional
professional developers to guide them as they design
and deliver professional development activities
practitioners to help them understand the characteristics
of effective professional development
drafting professional development standards in adult education,
the committee reviewed other professional development
standards initiatives (e.g., National Council on Staff
and Colorado Statewide Systemic Initiative for Mathematics
and Science); standards developed by states for adult
education and K-12 education (e.g., Massachusetts draft
professional development standards, New Jersey, South
Carolina); and research in the field.
standards reflect findings from two primary research studies
on professional development.
Teachers Change: Study of Professional Development
in Adult Education, conducted by the National Center
for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL).
from the Evaluation of the Eisenhower Professional
Development Program as cited in Garet, M. S., Porter,
A. C., Desimone, L., Birman, B. F., & Yoon,
K. S. (2001). What makes professional development
effective? Results from a national sample of teachers.
American Educational Research Journal, 38, 915-945.What
makes PD Effective: Results from a National Sample
of Teachers http://aztla.asu.edu/ProfDev1.pdf
standards are broad guidelines for providing quality professional
development experiences. Therefore, the committee has
also developed a set of indicators for each standard to
operationalize the standards in adult education.
To gain feedback from adult educators, the AALPD made
the draft standards available on the AALPD Web site http://www.aalpd.org
for review and comment. The National Institute for Literacy
(NIFL) hosted a Discussion of Quality Professional Development
on the professional development discussion list November
12 - 30, 2007, where subscribers reviewed and discussed
the AALPD draft standards. Subscribers made several recommendations.
AALPD conducted a survey of members to gather volunteers to move the AALPD PD standards forward. If you are interested in participating in a work group, please complete the PD interest survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=C6GZrGZA17cG1gxzLO4Rvg_3d_3d.
If you would like to be part of the committee working on PD Standards, please contact the Committee Chair.