Designing Professional Learning with an Equity Lens

Have you been tasked with planning professional development or other professional learning, either by yourself or in a team? Come learn and apply the principles of adult learning theory to the professional development plan you are designing.  Engage in practical, job and context embedded professional learning resulting in a professional development plan, aligned with adult learning practices.

Professional development is a key lever in school improvement efforts, building individual and collective educator capacity. This course will introduce you to the principles of adult learning theory and professional development design, while applying it to your role and context.   Participants should be involved in planning professional learning (department, grade level, PLC, inquiry group, whole school PD, etc.) at some level and be prepared to engage in data collection, feedback protocols and reflection activities.

We will begin by unpacking the teaching and learning data to come to a learning focused problem of practice.  Our equity lens will narrow that problem of practice by looking at the discretionary spaces (Ball 2018).  From that analysis, participants will develop a professional learning arc that addresses the specific needs of their context.

In this 6 session course, participants should expect to read articles, analyze instructional videos, share their developing professional learning plan,  engage in protocols to give each other feedback, and refine their professional learning plan.  Teams (ILT, PD team, etc.)  are highly encouraged to come together.


Jessica Evans is an experienced educator who has served as a teacher at Middle School (Los Angeles), Research Associate at Education Matters (Cambridge), Principal of La Escuelita Elementary School (Oakland), Director of Elementary Education (Oakland), and Chief Academic Officer at Education for Change (Oakland). Most recently she served as the Program Coordinator for the Instructional Leadership Academy, the administrative credential program at the Reach Institute for School Leadership. She is a self-proclaimed “instructional nerd,” who loves examining data and thinking through instructional problems through a variety of lenses. Her areas of expertise include systems-level reform, professional learning, and instructional coaching. Her knowledge and passion for designing and implementing impactful professional learning, be it professional development or coaching, is anchored in the desire to support teachers in their growth and nurture the reflective practitioner in service of improving student outcomes.

Session Calendar and Content

We will meet virtually for 6 sessions.

  • Session 1: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 2: Thursday, January 19, 2023, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 3: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 4: Thursday, February 2, 2023, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 5:  Thursday, February 9, 2023, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 6:  Thursday, February 16, 2023, 4:30–6:30

* All meeting times are in Pacific time.

Who Should Participate?

Teacher Leaders, Teachers on Special Assignment, Department Chairs, Grade Level Leads, Instructional Coaches, and/or any teacher who is designing professional learning for educators.


  • $750 
  • 1 CEU is available at an additional cost of $55.
  • If you are a Bay Area teacher leader at an eligible school or district, you may apply for 21CSLA sponsorship and participate for free! (CEU not included.)


Please note the steps in the registration and sponsorship application:

  • Step 1: Register here.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email with a link for the 21CSLA sponsorship application.
  • Step 3 (optional): Complete the 21CSLA sponsorship application if you wish to be considered for full sponsorship for this course.


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