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Documenting Professional Growth

By E. Jean Gubbins, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Implementing a Professional Growth Plan requires documentation of progress toward meeting your professional objectives. The table below provides one example of how to document your accomplishments as you experiment with your professional objectives.  It includes a modified list of professional development principles based on findings from an  NRC/GT research study .  As you implement your own Professional Growth Plan, take time to review the 10 principles and document your progress toward achieving your objectives. Remember that the most effective documentation processes are ongoing, rather than retroactive, so make room in your schedule now to revisit your growth plan at least once each marking period.   

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Documentation of Progress Toward Professional Objectives

Professional Development Principles

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An effective Professional Growth Plan . . .

My Professional Growth Plan . . .

1.  responds to an identified need.



2.  requires time for reflection.



3.  requires a desire to learn.



4.  requires a personal and professional commitment to change existing strategies and practices.



5.  needs to go beyond knowledge acquisition; knowledge and experience must be applied.



6.  needs to be differentiated (e.g., What do I know?  What do I need to know?  How will I seek opportunities to learn?  How will I share the experiences with others?)



7.  requires prolonged time, practice, feedback, and reflection.



8.  responds to varied learning styles.



9.  requires the collection, analysis, and application of data to make informed decisions.



10.  needs to have an impact on students, teachers, and curriculum.