The QPLS are intended to help users contextualize their own goals, plans, and evaluations when making decisions about how to create and/or improve professional learning in their own systems. The QPLS are in no way intended to replace professional personnel standards for individual educators. Instead, the QPLS describe the system of quality learning experiences that, if well implemented, will benefit educators focused on increasing their professional capacity and performance.
By the Program: Just like the Administrator Program Standards, the QPLS were not designed to be used as a checklist or workbook for creating one-size-fits-all professional learning. Rather, the QPLS should be used by program providers as research-based criteria to inform and customize their own professional learning design, implementation plans, and program evaluations to fit their specific context. Using the QPLS to effectively guide professional learning requires that program providers, candidates, coaches and employers collaboratively engage in careful study, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation to build a system and activities that address their own identified program goals for candidate learning and employee performance. The program can also use the QPLS as content for the induction program, teaching candidates the evidence-based elements of effective professional learning systems.
By the Candidate: Beginning administrators, CASC candidates, can use the QPLS in leading professional learning at their own sites. The QPLS provide an anchor point for leaders to work with their staff and other stakeholders in planning, implementing and assessing professional learning that aligns with their shared vision and goals for enhancing instruction and learning. The candidate can also use QPLS to assess the quality of her or his own professional learning experiences and use the results to provide feedback to providers and/or choose professional learning that is more relevant and effective for her or his objectives.
By Employers: Employers can use the QPLS to assess the quality of their current professional development activities. The QPLS provide characteristics of professional learning that will most likely lead to educators' increased knowledge and skills and, then, to improvements in educator practice. As they are used at the site, district leaders and stakeholders can turn to the QPLS for guidance in planning individual and collective continuous improvement activities that are evidence-based and relevant.