Embedding Professional Learning

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When it becomes embedded, professional learning is the engine of creativity and collaboration that drives your district forward. This article outlines nine key facets of EPL and explores five in depth, from aligning learning with goals and standards to planning long-term experiences that encourage learning over time.


Has the professional development (PD) you offer grown lackluster and boring over the years? Have you ever wondered how you can make your PD more engaging for your building-level librarians? Do you want your PD sessions to have a positive and lasting impact on your librarians’ daily practice? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading!

While we commonly refer to these experiences as professional development, another way to think about them is as professional learning opportunities. While similar on the surface, professional learning focuses on personal professional learning needs, collaborative and active learning, and ongoing support rather than learning skills in isolation and a “one-size-fits-all” PD model. In this article, we use the term professional learning (PL) to emphasize this shift in focus from professional activities required of an educator to experiences that allow for personalized professional growth over extended periods…

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