Best Practices

The best practice resources listed on this page are used to promote collaborative work between teachers, improve instruction, and increase student learning and success.

Continuous improvement and professional development work in tandem to address school district efforts in reaching student achievement goals. High-quality professional development includes these important elements:

  • Aligning with school improvement plans.
  • Focusing on student achievement needs.
  • Sustaining efforts over time with an emphasis on continuous improvement in instruction.
  • Requiring learning communities in which teachers work collaboratively to learn and implement new knowledge and skills.
  • Providing differentiated teacher support using teacher observations with ongoing coaching and mentoring. 


Minnesota Statutes – Professional Development
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides programs, support and technical assistance to schools with implementing Minnesota Statutes through the use of professional development best practices. These practices have the primary focus in improving teacher effectiveness and increasing student achievement and include the establishment of high-quality district and school staff development programs and activities, teacher leaders, mentoring for probationary teachers, and teacher evaluation and support systems.

Opportunities for professional development in the areas are listed below and more will be added as they become available. Check the MDE Calendar for all training, workshops and events sponsored by the department
 

 

Job-embedded Professional Development

Professional Learning Communities: Forming Ground Rules - 39 minutes - This presentation is a scenario of a PLC developing ground rules to help guide and focus the collaborative work of the members.
Teacher Observation: Introduction - 4 minutes - This presentation gives an overview of the observation process.
Teacher Observation: Components - 5 minutes - This presentation describes the components of an effective teacher observation.
Teacher Observation: Inter-rater Reliability - 6 minutes - This presentation provides an introduction to inter-rater reliability and its importance in the teacher observation process.
Teacher Observation: Sample Rubrics - 3 minutes - This presentation examines the importance of professional standards and the use of a districtwide rubric.
Teacher Observation: Rubric and Terms of Reference - 5 minutes - This presentation provides an exercise to assist school districts in examining observation rubric to ensure observers have a common understanding of rubric language and terms.
Teacher Observation: Coaching Scenario - Elementary Reading - 8 minutes - This presentation models an informal coaching conference between a reading coach and an elementary school teacher.
Teacher Observation: Pre-observation Conference Scenario - Elementary Reading - 7 minutes - This presentation models a pre-observation conference that occurs prior to observing an elementary teachers' reading lesson.
Teacher Observation: Post-observation Conference Scenario - Elementary Reading - 8 minutes - This presentation models a post-observation conference that follows the observation of an elementary teacher's reading lesson.
Teacher Observation: Pre-observation Conference Scenario - High School Science - 9 minutes - This presentation models a pre-observation conference that occurs prior to observing a high school teacher's science lesson.
Teacher Observation: Post-observation Conference Scenario - High School Science - 8 minutes - This presentation models a post-observation conference that follows the observation of a high school teacher's science lesson.

Teacher Induction and Mentoring