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Provided by The National Staff Development Council

NSDC Standards for Staff Development

About Quality Staff Development

  • Context Standards
    Staff development that improves the learning of all students:

    1. Learning Communities
      Organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
    2. Leadership
      Requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
    3. Resources
      Requires resources to support adult learning and collaboration.

  • Process Standards
    Staff development that improves the learning of all students:

    1. Data-Driven
      Uses disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
    2. Evaluation
      Uses multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
    3. Research-Based
      Prepares educators to apply research to decision making.
    4. Design
      Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
    5. Learning
      pplies knowledge about human learning and change.
    6. Collaboration
      Provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.

  • Content Standards
    Staff development that improves the learning of all students:

    1. Equity
      Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
    2. Quality Teaching
      Deepens educators' content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
    3. Family Involvement
      Provides educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.