A professional learning plan is the navigation system for the compre¬hensive professional learning system. As discussed in the publication, Comprehensive Professional Learning Systems: A Workbook for Districts and States
, a comprehensive professional learning system is the engine that powers educator learning. The professional learning system creates the conditions and structures in which effective professional learning works and links professional learning to other systems that function in a state, school system, or school. It requires, however, a guidance system that sets the destinations, gives directions, and provides progress indicators and other information to support the journey. The professional learning plan is that navigation system.
A professional learning plan establishes short- and long-term plans for professional learning and implementation of the learning. Such plans guide individuals, schools, districts, and states in coordinating learning experi¬ences designed to achieve outcomes for educators and students.