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How NESA Plans Professional Learning

NESA's Learning Principles & Planning Process

As an organization dedicated to the sustained, systemic professional learning of educators, NESA’s planning process is guided by seven core principles. Based on Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning and adapted by NESA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) they serve both as a guide to planning NESA conferences and institutes and as a lens for periodic self-assessment.

Our Learning Principles

Exemplary professional learning is. . .

  • embedded in well-organized learning communities.
  • sustained, systemic and mission-aligned.
  • focused on improved student learning.
  • supported by leaders committed to developing capacity.
  • grounded in solid research and informed by rich data.
  • supported by resources of time and funding.
  • informed by principles of adult learning.
Our Planning Process

Ref.: Guskey, Thomas R., Evaluating Professional Development, Corwin Press, 2000.

Differentiated Levels of Learning

NESA offers differentiated professional learning to support progression through our "Learning Continuum". To support attendees at NESA professional learning events in making the most appropriate choices, conference and institute presenters are advised of a target level, or range of levels, on the Continuum. The Continuum level of each workshop/seminar is indicated in conference programs and on each specialist speaker's page on the NESA website.

Our Learning Continuum: