Section 3: Develop a Professional Growth Plan

RequirementsTop of page

Professional growth plans can take many forms. They can be textual or graphical. They can include mind maps or web formats. Whatever the format, the plan must demonstrate a relationship to the Teaching Quality Standard and include the following essential information:

  • Name
  • Dates
  • Goal(s)
  • Strategies
  • Timeline
  • Indicators or measures of success
  • Teaching Quality Standard reference
  • Reflections and implications

Tool 3.1: Guiding Questions to Develop Your Professional Growth Plan

Sample Professional Growth PlansTop of page

Following are several templates that can be used to develop a professional growth plan. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

Developing Learning GoalsTop of page

Growth is a result of working towards your goals. Specific goals help direct your professional development activities. A goal may be to “learn about the Internet”. A more specific goal would be “to integrate the Internet as a teaching and learning resource”. Think about what makes goals worth pursuing.

Meaningful goals:

  • have substance and meaning for the teacher;
  • stretch current thinking and practice;
  • can be achieved and, therefore, don’t lead to frustration; and
  • have deadlines that help to ensure that the goal is attained.

A common technique for writing goals is to think about SMART goals.

S—specific and contextual
M—meaningful measures
A—achievable within the resources
T—time targeted

Action Words for Developing SMART goals:

  • Apply
  • Attend
  • Contribute
  • Discuss
  • Enrol
  • Conduct
  • Implement
  • Integrate
  • Investigate
  • Join
  • Maintain
  • Mentor
  • Organize
  • Participate
  • Pilot
  • Publish
  • Read
  • Serve
  • Share

Tool 3.2: Identification of Your Professional Development Goals