Leadership Perspective on Professional Learning

Dr. David Hill, from Georgia’s Professional Commission, leads a round-table discussion among educational leaders about Georgia’s new Professional Learning model.
Participants in this video include the following educators:

David M. Hill, Ph.D. Nikki Gollar Mouton, Ph.D.
Division Director,
Educator Preparation and Certification Executive Director
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Curriculum and Instruction
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Rhonda Baldwin. Ed. D Karen Smits, Ph.D.
Professional Learning Director
Douglas County School System

TKES/LKES Implementation Specialist
Metro RESA

Video link:Leadership Perspective on Professional Learning Model -- Dr. David Hill (15:17) (wmv, 523.9 MB)
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Below are guiding questions for discussion and reflection of the major concepts in the video.

Georgia is moving from a system of counting seat hours as PLUs to a new system in which educators use their professional expertise to engage in meaningful learning with colleagues and school learning communities.
  1. What will be the primary vehicle for professional learning in this new system?


  2. How will we know that professional learning is taking place, that it is linked to educator performance, and that it is being implemented in a learning community?


  3. What does job-embedded professional learning look like in a school?


  4. What are the responsibilities of a school district in making sure that the right structures are in place that will support professional learning and ultimately result in higher student performance?


  5. What is the responsibility of the school based leader for addressing organizational structures that would get in the way of learning?


  6. What are some barriers to implementation of the new professional learning rule?


  7. How will this new professional learning system bring honor to our profession?