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to show professional growth. Several lesson plans over the course of your PDP in addition to an explanation of how you have changed your professional practice would be one piece of evidence to show your growth. Video clips of how your rehearsal techniques have changed along with an explanation would be another piece of evidence, for example. Charts, graphs or recordings of your students with an explanation would be one piece of evidence of student learning. Survey results from students over a period of time would be another example of evidence of student learning. When choosing your evidence, think in terms of products and processes over time.

After you have chosen your evidence, number, label and date each piece of evidence as to whether it verifies your professional growth or verifies student learning or verifies both. Remember that

each piece of evidence doesn’t necessar- ily verify both professional growth and student learning. The dates of the evidence are important as well to show growth over time. Do not choose a piece of evidence from the week before you submit your plan. Your evidence should demonstrate a culmination of what you have done.

Next, describe how and explain why each piece of evidence verifies your profes- sional growth and/or the effect on student learning over time. For example, evidence of professional growth is not just evidence of attending a workshop at the state music conference or a copy of an article that you read from this periodical. You need to de- scribe how and explain why the evidence shows that you have acquired new knowl- edge/skills, changed your professional practice, or applied new knowledge/skills. Likewise, you want to explain why pieces of evidence demonstrate student learning. In other words, explain the relationship of the evidence to your goal. Don’t assume

“Your evidence should demonstrate a culmination of what you have done.”

that the evidence speaks for itself. You should describe what the piece of evidence is and describe why it verifies your growth or student learning.

Step 3:

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Completing Your PDP and Submitting It for Verification After you have completed your activities, selected evidence, and described how it verifies your professional growth and student learning, you are ready to com- plete your PDP. In Step IV B. of the PDP, provide a summary and reflection of how you grew professionally in the standards you identified in your plan. Remember that professional growth encompasses changes in your professional practice and acquisition of knowledge and skills. Look carefully at the standards and describe in detail your growth as it relates to the stan- dards. Specifically mention all standards identified in your plan and even connect these to specific pieces of evidence that you included in the PDP.

Next, provide a summary and reflection of how your growth had an effect on student learning. Reference your evidence so that the team can clearly see how your evi- dence links your professional growth with student learning. Point out the changes you have seen in your students over the time of your PDP and describe those changes in detail.

For more information, contact the UW-Eau Claire Department of Music and Theatre Arts at 715-836-4954 or visit our Web site at:

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After you have discussed your growth and student learning, provide a summary and reflection of how you collaborated with others, describing in detail how you collaborated with others while work- ing on your PDP. Also discuss if that

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