How to Use Professional Development to Improve Student Outcomes

Session Overview/Purpose

The purpose of this session is to provide resources and strategies to evaluate and improve effectiveness of professional development that will increase student achievement.

Session Description

This session focuses on analyzing professional development to ensure student outcomes. Participants will learn about evaluation practices, change theories, and tools to use to increase student achievement based on what is learned through ongoing and embedded professional development.

Session Objectives

  • Define evaluation in relationship to professional learning.
  • Examine the process of teacher change and its impact on student learning.
  • Acquire strategies, tools, and resources to assist in evaluating professional learning.

Learning Outcomes

After this session, participants will be able to use multiple resources to evaluate professional learning to ensure improved student outcomes.


Read about the Standards for Professional Learning adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
Read Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development, by Joellen Killion (Oxford, OH: National Staff Development Council, 2002).

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