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High Quality Professional Development Planning and Assessing Cycle

HQPD Cycle




This four-step cycle is designed to help district and school PD teams design and implement high-quality professional development for educators. The process is described in four phases. The first two phases comprise a planning process and the second two phases comprise an assessment process.

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Set PD Goals

The first step in PD planning is to identify goals. Read the overview on setting goals for HQPD.
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Develop the PD Plan

Once goals are set, the next phase is to plan. Read the overview on planning HQPD.
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Assess the Impact of PD

Assessment of PD begins at the start of PD activities and is deeply connected to the planning process. Read the overview on assessing HQPD.
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Report and Reflect on PD Results

After assessing PD, teams reflect on the assessment results. Read the overview on Reflecting.

Model Calendars

The calendars below show how two districts mapped the PD planning and assessment cycle onto the school year.

Last Updated: February 1, 2016

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