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Teach In Florida

For More Information

For more information on professional development in Florida please visit the Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention website or contact:

Jason Graham, Program Director
Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention
Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building, Suite 124
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 850-245-0546
Fax: 850-245-0543


Florida's Professional Development Evaluation System Protocol

District professional development activities in Florida are guided by Florida’s Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol. This evaluation model assesses the local planning, learning, implementation, and evaluation of professional development activities according to standards modeled after the Learning Forward standards as well as Florida Statutory requirements. The Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol includes standards that serve to identify and recognize best practices as well as to identify local professional development systems in need of improvement.

The Florida Department of Education initiated the Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol in the Spring 2003 as a means to fulfill the requirements of section 1012.98, Florida Statutes. This legislation sets forth that the purpose of professional development systems is to increase student achievement, enhance classroom instructional strategies that promote rigor and relevance throughout the curriculum, and prepare students for continuing education and the workforce. The Standards were revised and updated in 2010 to reflect recent changes in law and current research and practice.

Florida’s Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol provides the criteria for evaluating the quality of each district’s professional development system. Systems are evaluated at the district, school and educator level in four essential elements of high quality professional development, or strands, which are incorporated into each level: planning, learning, implementing and evaluating. Judgments on 65 standards organized under these strands are made using a 4-point rating scale, with a midpoint of 2.5. A school district meets the adequacy provision when the average of the ratings for all of the standards is above the midpoint on the scale. District professional development systems are reviewed on a four-year cycle beginning with the third cycle in AY 2010-2011.

Overview of Protocol Standards

PowerPoint Presentation on Third Cycle Updates

Learning Forward's Standards for Staff Development



Teacher Professional Development Programs in Florida: 2008 interim project report from the Florida House of Representatives

Third Cycle District Reviews
Second Cycle District Reviews
First Cycle District Reviews



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