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mentoring and professional development

Another tip you may want to consider when writing your annual reviews is to refer to the teaching or administrative standards that you chose for your PDP when discussing your professional growth and student learning. For example, you can state, “The more I learn about uti- lizing technology in my general music classes (Standard #4), the more I thought that I could...” The music educator in this example lists the standard that she is addressing when reflecting upon her professional growth. This same tip applies to writing about student learning. You can incorporate the teaching or administrative standards when discussing the effect of your growth on student learning.

Finally, keep in mind the number of annual reviews you should be writing in order to have a completed plan at the end of your licensure cycle. If you have completed a three-year plan you should be writing one annual review. If you have completed a four-year plan you should be writing two annual reviews and if you have completed a five-year plan you should be writing three annual reviews. You do not write an annual review after your first year because that was your reflection year and you wrote your PDP. During your last year, you do not write an annual review because you will be submitting your completed PDP to your review team for verification.

Step 2:

Documenting the Completion of Your Professional Development Plan Each year of your licensure cycle you should be working on the activities that you outlined in your plan and collecting evidence that shows professional growth and student learning over time. The key is to remind yourself of your initial ap- proved goal and how you are working toward accomplishing it over the period of time of your licensure cycle. I recommend that you collect pieces of evidence as you move through completion of your plan. If you collect several pieces of evidence, you can be more selective when choosing what evidence will verify your professional growth and its effect on student learning.

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During the last year of your licensure cycle, you will want to complete your activities and begin selecting evidence. The month of December prior to the expiration of your license is a good time to sort through your evidence and select the three to five pieces of evidence that best verify your professional growth and

student learning. Be selective and choose evidence wisely. As you look at your evidence, ask yourself if it shows your professional growth over time and if it shows student learning over time. Don’t try and force evidence to be something that it is not. One lesson plan is not sufficient

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