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Introduction to Standards for Professional Learning


It is critical that today’s educators understand the conditions, content, and processes for professional learning that lead to high-quality leading, teaching, and learning for students and educators. 

The revised Standards for Professional Learning, released by Learning Forward in April 2022, provide schools, systems, and policymakers with a roadmap that leads to educators and students having equitable access to powerful learning. The standards offer educators the latest knowledge and insights to design, implement, and sustain high-quality professional learning systems.

Introduction to Standards for Professional Learning is a three-session online course providing educators an overview of the revised standards and the key frames that describe the essential content of adult learning, process elements of professional learning, and aspects of the professional learning context, structures, and cultures that undergird high-quality professional learning.

Facilitated by Learning Forward Vice President of Standards Implementation and Outreach Machel Mills-Miles, this course is designed for any person interested in understanding the importance of a systemic approach to professional learning. The course shows how the Standards for Professional Learning help define and contribute to fulfilling that vision. Through this course, learners will have a deeper understanding of the value of a systemic approach to professional learning, will be able to explain the connection between the Standards for Professional Learning and student outcomes, and will understand how educators in different roles use the standards to enhance their work with professional learning.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  1. Communicate how the standards work within a framework to support a comprehensive system of professional learning.
  2. Explain the connection between the Standards for Professional Learning and improved student outcomes. 
  3. Understand how applying the 11 standards in concert creates high-quality professional learning that results in improved educator practices and improved student results. 
  4. Describe how educators in various roles use the standards to improve professional learning.  


 Session Schedule

  • Monday, January 23, 3-5 p.m. Eastern
  • Tuesday, January 24, 3-5 p.m. Eastern
  • Wednesday, January 25, 3-5 p.m. Eastern

The cost of this course is $249 for Learning Forward members and $299 for non-members. Register here. 

Course facilitator

Machel Mills-Miles is vice president, standards implementation & outreach at Learning Forward. She advances the conceptualization and development of tools and resources to support the use of revised Standards for Professional Learning. Mills-Miles formerly served as senior learning strategist at BloomBoard, facilitating the use of micro-credentials to support professional learning plans in district, state, and regional contexts. Previously, she worked at the Tennessee Department of Education to lead a statewide pilot for micro-credentials and playing a key role in Tennessee’s Diversity Innovation Grant, Human Capital Network, Teacher Leader Network, New Teacher Induction Framework, and Professional Learning Systems Framework. She worked in Metro Nashville Public Schools as a lead coach for literacy, helping to support more than 120 coaches districtwide, and earlier as instructional/literacy coach in direct support of teachers. She began her education career as an English Language Arts teacher. Mills-Miles holds degrees in cognitive science from Northwestern University and teaching and learning in urban schools from Vanderbilt University.

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