A Boatload of Handy Resources on Professional Learning & ESSA Requirements

Professional Growth

ESSA Resource Center

Though the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed two years ago, daily headlines about the law continue to pop up in our news feeds as the Department of Education reviews state implementation plans. With the law’s implications for professional learning, it’s intriguing to see how states and districts are structuring PD programs to meet ESSA requirements.

It’s an important conversation: since teacher quality is generally recognized as the #1 factor in student achievement, and since superlative professional learning is an essential ingredient to supporting educator growth, educators and administrators in K-12 need the clearest possible view of the path forward.

That’s why we created a place with resources to support school districts as you evaluate your professional learning programs through the lens of ESSA. With questions for reflection, interviews and opinions from thought leaders, and stories of districts who are breaking new ground in professional learning, it’s a page you’ll want to return to again and again.

  • In-depth analysis from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute on how PD in American school systems measures up to ESSA criteria for effective professional development
  • Perspectives from K-12 leaders about ESSA and the current state (and future) of professional learning
  • eBooks, webinars and white papers about teacher engagement, alternative PD models and measuring the impact of professional learning


Visit the ESSA Resource Center  


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Ryan Estes

Ryan is managing editor for the global award-winning creative team at Frontline Education. He spends his time writing, podcasting, and creating content for leaders in K-12 education.