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Recommendation - 3.3

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

3.3 Recommendation: Transform the preparation and professional learning of educators and education leaders by leveraging technology to create career-long personal learning networks within and across schools, pre-service preparation and in-service educational institutions, and professional organizations.

States, districts, universities and other R&D organizations should work together and with the commercial sector to develop and provide educators with career-long personal learning networks, tools, and resources that make professional learning timely and relevant as well as an ongoing activity that continually improves practices. These networks and other resources should enable educators to take online courses, tap into experts and best practices for just-in-time learning and problem solving, and provide platforms and tools for educators to design and develop resources and share them with their colleagues. The Department should also encourage colleges of education to use these networks to connect pre-service preparation with in-service professional learning so that as we move into an era in which colleges of education are held accountable for the effectiveness of their graduates, they can participate in providing ongoing support once their graduates enter the workforce.

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