Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice is the process by which a professional works to improve their own professional practice.  The Professional Growth Plan for teachers and the Deliberate Practice Plan for school-based leaders are the means through iObservation by which to complete the process.

School Leaders

School leaders must submit their Deliberate Practice Plans to their supervisors for approval by 11/2/2018 & finish by 6/1/2019.  School leaders hired after the beginning of the year must still create a plan as a part of the growth and evaluation process.


Teachers must activate their Professional Growth Plansby 10/19/2018 & Finish by 4/30/2019.  There is no approval process for teacher plans.  New teachers hired before 2/11/2019 must still create a plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Action Steps

How many Action Steps am I supposed to choose?  At least 2 action steps need to be created for teacher plans and at least 1 action step for the school leader plans.  The action step is meant to describe the specific step(s) that will be taken to improve expertise with the chosen target element.

There is no required format for length.  The date should be the actual date the the Action Step is expected to take place.  The status of the action steps should be updated as they are completed.

Action steps may be added, edited, or deleted where appropriate.  To add a step, then scroll down to the Action Step section and click the "Add a Step" link.  To remove or edit a step, then go to the specific step and look to the right of it for the "Remove / Edit" links and click on the appropriate one.

Approving Plans
Finalizing Plans
How People Are Progressing
Late Starting Teachers
Making Changes
Not Activated
Picking a Target Element
Plans Activated or Not
Which Elements
Who Chose What
Uploading Evidence

Deliberate Practice: Going Deeper

The School District of Palm Beach County (District Bulletin) employs the Deliberate Practice process for all teachers by means of the Professional Growth Plan (PGP) and the Deliberate Practice Plan (DPP) for administrators. Deliberate Practice is a way for teachers to grow their expertise through a series of planned activities, reflection, and collaboration. Involved in the series is a cycle of setting personal goals, focused practice, focused feedback, observing and discussing teaching, and monitoring progress.

In it's simplest terms, Deliberate Practice is about continually striving to achieve mastery at higher levels. Teachers must think about their current teaching practices and decide how they can take it to the next level.

If you are interested in further reading, please check out this article, "What Teachers Gain from Deliberate Practice" by Dr. Robert J. Marzano.