Nov 01 2015

Maximizing the Use of New State Professional Learning Investments to Support Student, Educator, and School System Growth

This guidance is intended to help California schools best utilize professional learning money allocated in 2015 to support learning around new state academic standards. It is designed to help districts think through strategies to support allowable uses of funds, while focusing on ways districts can approach professional learning to implement the new state academic standards.

The Executive Summary
Describes the state program and provides an overview of information available in the Guidance Document. 

The Guidance Document
Developing a system of professional learning requires contributions from all key decision makers involved in aligning people, time, and resources needed for the continuous improvement of school systems. Divided into three sections, this guidance document has been crafted with a particular eye towards bridging professional learning with approaches for implementing the state academic standards, NGSS, and imminent Science and History/Social Studies frameworks. 

It covers:

  • Strategies for supporting professional learning.
  • Key professional learning resources for districts.
  • Developing LCAPs (Local Control Accountability Plans) aligned with district professional learning strategies. 

The three appendices describe effective elements of professional learning, district examples of effective professional learning for principals, and an overview of California's Quality Professional Learning Standards with example of district application.


This report is published jointly by the Learning Policy Institute and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Maximizing the Use of New State Professional Learning Investments to Support Student, Educator, and School System Growth by Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Ann Jaquith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.