The school year has started and teachers need to review their teacher evaluation rubric to conduct a self-assessment then select at least two (2) as goals to work on to ensure the students and their families receive the best quality education given by the teacher. The question posed was “how to write professional development plan goals?”
Here are some helpful tips one can follow:
- Complete the self-assessment used by state teacher licensing agency;
- Review all Standards and Elements as self-rated;
- After review, select at least two (2) then share self-rating with administrator and together agree on the lower scored Standards and Elements that would best benefit and enhance the teaching performance;
- Review the “Professional Development Plan” use by state licensing agency such as the one below.
Goals for Elements
Expected Outcomes and Evidence of Completion
- Record goals 1 and 2 according to the selected Standards and Elements. These are goals and strategies identified to improve performance.
- Think and record draft notes of activities/actions you will do that relate back to goals. NOTE: Remember the activities/actions must relate to goals in conjunction show linkage to the “Framework for 21st Century Learning.” Think about activities/actions that will be implemented throughout the school year.
- As you think about “Expected Outcomes and Evidence of Completion” this will be documented evidences of artifacts/data that can be reflected in teacher’s portfolio, children’s portfolio, teacher reflective journal writing, on-site learning environment and children’s assessment data to name a few ideas as you record your own. Remember you must have documented proof/evidence you are working toward completion of goals during mid-year review and completion at end-year review. Therefore, it is important to select beneficial goals to work on per school year.
- Record the “Resources Needed” to meet the goals set.
- The “Timeline” should be ongoing and completed the last month – year of school. This gives you the opportunity to edit goals, if needed and reviewed during summary evaluation.
- Share the draft PDP with your administrator ensuring they will support all recorded information to meet goals. When agreement has been made complete final draft.
- Submit final draft to mentor (if assigned) or to evaluator for review then obtain required signatures and date to complete the initial process.
Hopefully, these tips will give a better insight on how to write professional development plan goals. Knowledge is powerful!