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

Professional growth is a result of identifying professional goals to improve your professional practice and taking action towards achieving those goals. Once you have completed the self-assessment, a general goal or TQS focus area you might select could be to focus on "inquiry-based learning". As you develop your own SMART goal, a more specific goal would be "to integrate inquiry learning into my grade 7 mathematics pedagogy using targeted teaching and learning strategies".

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, significant, stretching
M—measurable, meaningful, motivational
A—agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R—realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T—time-based, timely, tangible

A SMART goal describes an observable behavior or action. By using an action verb, the SMART goal answers the question "What is to be done?" The following are some 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