California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Recommendation Ten

Professional Learning

“Four characteristics distinguish professionals in any field. Professionals (1) act on the most current knowledge that defines their field; (2) are client-centered and adapt to meet the needs of the individuals whom they serve; (3) are results-oriented; and (4) uphold the standards of the profession in their own practice and through peer review. . . . School leaders need to create job requirements that make learning about learning mandatory.”1

Recommendation 10 — Professional Learning. Build and sustain professional learning communities through recruitment, training, coaching, and interdependent collaboration. Use data, research, the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and best practices as the basis for continuous professional growth and improvement in instruction and student achievement.

Professional Learning is one of the Recommendations in the Focus Area on Organizational Structures and Processes.


Recommendations for Success Index

1Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, "Examining the Teaching Life," Educational Leadership, Vol. 63 (March 2006), 26-29.

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