Principles of Vermont’s Professional Development System

The following principles (adopted 3-4-2011) serve as a framework for developing as well as evaluating Vermont’s Professional Development System for early childhood and afterschool professionals.  These principles have been developed collaboratively and are approved by the Child Development Division and partners throughout the state including the Professional Preparation and Development Committee.  Sponsors of training and education services may use the principles to help plan and deliver professional development opportunities.  Ultimately, it is the practitioner and the children who should benefit from a professional development system that incorporates these principles.

Vermont’s Professional Development System for early childhood and afterschool professionals is:

  1. Clear and Known
  2. Supportive of Professional Growth
  3. Research-based and Relevant
  4. Integrated and Aligned
  5. Accessible
  6. Financially Supported
  7. Evaluated on all of the above criteria

In the sidebar of this page are:

  • A one page summary of the principles
  • Guidance on using the Principles with detailed definitions of each principle and examples
  • Blank Principles Worksheet: use to analyze your organization and plan how you will better meet the Principles
  • Two examples of Principles Worksheets completed