Teachers have a professional responsibility to keep abreast of new developments in education and to continue to develop their professional practice. Teacher professional growth means the career-long learning process whereby a teacher annually develops and implements a plan to achieve professional learning objectives or goals that are consistent with the Teaching Quality Standard (MINISTERIAL ORDER (#016/97)
Alberta now has new professional practice standards for teachers (Teaching Quality Standard 2018), school and school jurisdiction leaders (Leadership Quality Standard 2018) and superintendents (Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard 2018). The new standards were officially signed by the Minister of Education in February 2018 and become mandatory on September 1, 2019. The standards define the competencies expected of all educators in the province of Alberta.
Since school and school jurisdiction leaders are also certificated teachers, it is assumed that all have annual professional growth plans focusing on enhancing professional practice related to the standard and competencies to support quality teaching, leadership and optimum learning as required by the Standard.
A Digital Resource for Developing Annual Professional Growth Plans
A comprehensive digital, interactive Reflection on My Professional Practice tool is available to assist teachers and school leaders in reflecting on the knowledge, skills and attributes of their professional practice as related to the current and NEW Teaching Quality Standard and/or the Leadership Quality Standard. This interactive tool will provide two options for certificated staff in 2018-19: using the Self-Reflection on Professional Practice based on the current TQS (1997) and the Alberta School Leadership Framework (2012) OR the revised (NEW) Teaching Quality Standard (2018) and the Leadership Quality Standard (2018). Personal results of the self-reflection appears in bar graph summary format providing a profile of strengths and considerations for growth plan goals. The NEW Self-Reflection tools also include suggested resources to support implementation of the competency indicators in the 2018 documents.
Interested teachers, school and jurisdiction leaders can now use the online tool. Read the User Guide for the sign up steps and other 'how to' features found in the digital resource.
Detailed Information and Print Resources for Developing Professional Growth Plans