Professional Learning

Published: 12/11/2017 3:05 PM

In pursuit of our core educational values - equity, achievement, integrity - the Kentucky Department of Education promotes a coherent and comprehensive professional learning system that advances educator effectiveness and student success. “Research shows that no in-school factors matter more than teaching and leadership, and educators, like students, need continual opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills to enable all students to reach [transition] readiness.” (Learning Forward & Education Counsel. (2017). A new vision for professional learning.)  


Kentucky's Definition of Professional Learning

According to 704 KAR 3:035, "Professional development" means professional learning that:
  • Aligns with standards and goals
  • Focuses on content and pedagogy
  • Occurs collaboratively
  • Is facilitated by educators
  • Focuses on continuous improvement
  • Is on-going

For more on KDE’s systemic approach to professional learning, consult the Kentucky Professional Learning Guidance.   


A New Understanding of Professional Learning

Joellen Killion, of Learning Forward, discusses
Professional Learning versus Professional Development


 Professional Development vs. Professional Learning

Christine Meisberger
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470