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Professional Development

This office is responsible for assisting the continuous professional growth of all school district employees through the following programs:
  • Professional development opportunities for all District employees - Professional Development Tracking System
  • Professional Development Advisory Committee and Building Allocations
  • New Teacher Induction
  • Mentor Advisory Board
  • District Instructional Mentors, Secondary Content Mentors, Elementary Curriculum Mentors
  • New & Veteran Teacher Mentoring
  • Federal Title Funds
  • Student Teacher Placements

National Staff Development Council Definition: Comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers' and principals' effectiveness in raising student achievement.

Fosters collective responsibility for improved student performance:

  • Aligned with state and district standards for student achievement,
  • Conducted among educators at the school and facilitated by well-prepared school principals and/or school-based professional development coaches, mentors, master teachers, or other teacher leaders,
  • Primarily occurs several times per week among established teams of teachers, principals, and/or school-based professional development coaches, mentors, master teachers, or other teacher leaders,
  • Primarily occurs several times per week among established teams of teachers, principals and other instructional staff members in a continuous cycle of improvement,
  • Evaluates student, teacher, and school learning needs through a thorough review of data on teacher and student performance,
  • Defines a clear set of educator learning goals based on the rigorous analysis of the data,
  • Achieves the educator learning goals identified above by implementing coherent, sustained, and evidenced-base learning strategies, such as lesson study and the development of formative assessments, that improve instructional effectiveness and student achievement, and
  • Informs ongoing improvements in teaching and student learning.

The process outlined above may be supported by activities such as courses, workshops, institutes, networks, and conferences that:

  1. address the learning goals and objectives established for professional development by educators at the school level and
  2. advance ongoing school-based professional development.