You are here

GEAR 4 - Professional Learning and Building Capacity Resources

Wisconsin Resources

Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. 2017. AWSA Professional Learning 2016-2017. (Accessed June 1, 2017)

This catalog of events for the coming year focuses on the core pillars that capture the focus for future professional learning for principals and other educational leaders in Wisconsin.

Other Resources

Alliance for Excellent Education. 2016. Professional Learning That Creates a Teacher Workforce for the Digital Age. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

The Alliance for Excellent Education held the seventh in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar looked at the role of ongoing professional learning for staff that can build the capacity to implement powerful personalized learning environments that prepare all students for college and a career.

Alliance for Excellent Education. 2014. Capacity Building Through a Twenty-First-Century Collaborative Network. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

During this webinar, the Dysart team from the Dysart Unified School District describes how their twenty-first-century collaborative network provides a framework for personalized professional learning for all staff; offers individualized support to each school and department; and empowers staff and students to be increasingly more competent in utilizing twenty-first-century work skills.

edWeb.net. 2013. Personalized Learning Plans for Teachers. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

Is your district utilizing a one-size fits all approach to professional development? Is most of your PD top-down? Are you cultivating a culture of teacher leadership and allowing teachers to lead? What’s your district’s philosophy and vision for professional development? Webinar Presenter Tom Murray, Director of Technology and Cyber Education, Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, PA, explored methods for PD reform. He discussed the value of teacher ownership as part of the professional development process as well as ways your district can transform professional development from top to bottom.

Friday Institute. 2013. Digital Learning Transition MOOC-ED: Professional Learning. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

This panel features Lorie Kaplan, Executive Director, eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri-Columbia; Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward; Thomas Murray, Director of Technology and Cyber Learning, Quakertown Community School District, PA; and Barbara Treacy, Director, EdTech Leaders Online, EDC, Newton, MA.

EdSurge. 2016. How Teachers are Learning: Professional Development Remix. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. View this downloadable guide.

InTASC. 2013. Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards outline what teachers should know and be able to do to ensure every student graduates from high school ready for college and a career. The standards emphasize the learning of content and application of knowledge and skills to real-world problems, leveraging rapidly changing learning environments, and empowering every learner to own their learning. The learning progressions describe the increasing complexity and sophistication of teaching practice across a continuum of development.

SmartBlog on Education. 2013. Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking. The premise of a Twitter chat is simple. Each lasts for 60 minutes, moderators pose questions on a predetermined topic, and participants use a consistent hashtag (#) to communicate.

Alliance for Excellent Education. 2013. Personalized Professional Learning in a Digital Age. (Accessed November 25, 2016)

For years, the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to professional learning has been prevalent in schools across the nation. Educators are often brought into large group rooms and a “sit and get” model of professional learning is utilized. Quite often, educators are left feeling frustrated and districts wonder why there is little evidence of impact in a traditional model. In recent years, the concept of educators being empowered to take charge of their own professional learning has gained momentum. Nationally known experts Steven Anderson and Kyle Pace share insights into transformative professional learning.

Learning Forward. 2017. A New Vision for Professional Learning. (Accessed February 28, 2017)


This toolkit helps leaders leverage professional learning as an essential tool in overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing excellence for all. The goal is to make each school a “learning system” for both students and teachers. The document contains checklists, tools, and vignettes from leading states and districts. It advances the goals of ESSA - equity and excellence - in its approach to professional learning.

For a complete list of resources around professional learning and building capacity, visit the framework page of future ready schools.

For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054