Best practices research shows professional development is most meaningful when it is:
· Based on identified needs
· Directly linked to evaluations aimed at improving performance
We began this work of providing job-embedded professional development with school visits to discuss professional development needs with principals in November 2013, Measurement of Academic Progress, Data Analysis, District Writing Assessments and Math in Focus.
This year and going forward the District will also shift from a full day of voluntary professional development at the District level to a hybrid (combination) of targeted (Grades K-5 & 6-12), closed (assigned to attend by the principal based on formal observations/evaluations) half-day sessions and principal directed/led building based professional development.
Half-day planned professional development offerings for March 5, 2014 are as follows:
· Establishing the Differentiated Classroom for Grades K-12
· Road to Success-Using Assessment to Enhance Student Learning for Grades 3-11
· Reading and Writing Informational Text for Grades K-5
· Reading and Writing Informational Text for Grades 6-12
The aforementioned sessions will be offered in both the a.m. and p.m.