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.)
Please visit the COVID-19 Professional Learning Resources webpage for more information.
Professional Learning Bulletin Board
Along with the increase in online learning for students due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for online professional learning opportunities for educators has also increased. The Professional Learning Bulletin Board (PLBB) is a great resource for exploring options for professional learning. Currently, over 70 professional learning offerings are posted on the PLBB, including sessions for administrators, counselors, certified and classified staff. A wide variety of topics are available in both virtual and on-demand formats, many of which include EILA credit, and the site is regularly updated.
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