The Superintendent’s Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS) are program standards designed to be useful to all persons connected to increasing educator capacity–including teachers, principals, district, county, state education agency staff, institutes of higher education, professional learning, technical assistance providers and policymakers. These standards help to create a coherent set of professional learning policies and activities that span the career continuum of an educator, improve educators’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions; and, ultimately, increase student learning results.
The standards are intended to help users contextualize their own goals, plans, and evaluations when making decisions about how to create and/or improve professional learning in their own systems. These standards are in no way intended to replace professional personnel standards such as the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders for individual educators. Instead, the QPLS describe the system of quality learning experiences that, if well implemented, will benefit educators focused on increasing their professional capacity and performance.
The development of the QPLS provides educators, policymakers, education officials and other stakeholders with a shared expectation of what professional learning is and how it could be supported.
The 60-day public review and comment period is open from June 9 to August 8, 2014.
How to Comment on The Superintendent’s Quality Professional Learning Standards
The public is invited to review the draft QPLS and submit comments. Any content comments and recommended changes, additions, or edits should reference specific standards, elements, indicators, and page numbers. These comments will be considered when the State Board of Education takes action on the QPLS during the meeting scheduled November 13–14, 2014. Comments on the QPLS can be e-mailed to QPLS@cde.ca.gov, faxed to 916-319-0136, or mailed to:
The Superintendent’s Quality Professional Learning Standards
Attention: Marcia Trott
Professional Learning Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814