West Irondequoit Central School District

                   

                     Objectives, Strategies, Activities, Evaluation Standards

 

Objective #1:  :  Establish and support professional development programs focused on improving student learning that are explicitly connected to the comprehensive school and district improvement process.   

Strategies/Activities

      Design, develop and implement professional development programs based on the districts focus areas, school improvement processes, and curriculum priorities (see attached priorities).

      Incorporate into the curriculum ad hoc reporting structure a description of the professional development provided to support implementation efforts. 

      Continue to monitor the reflection component to the school improvement process requiring district and school teams to describe how and what structures they have identified to support teacher learning.

      Use the district conference summary form to connect conference attendance directly to standards and student achievement, and require all staff members who attend conferences to develop a plan for sharing their learning with colleagues.

      Communicate the comprehensiveness of the professional development programs to staff through the following vehicles:  District School Based Coordinating Council, District Curriculum Council, School Based Planning Teams, Teaching Learning Center. 

Evaluation Strategies

 

Strategies

Who

When

      Improved student performance as measured by national, state, and local assessments.

All Staff

Ongoing

      Report the effectiveness of professional development programs on student performance as part of the annual student report card presentation to Board of Education.

ASI

April 2013

      Use of the conference summary form to measure conference attendance and collegial sharing related to standards and student achievement.  Analyze revisions to the conference summary form to determine effectiveness.

PDP Committee

Ongoing

      Monitor correlation between school-based planning activities and structured opportunities for professional development.

SBP Coordinating

Council and PDP Committee

Nov. 2012

      Continue communication of the correlation between Ad Hoc processes and structured opportunities for professional development to the District Curriculum Council and the Board of Education.

ASI

DCC

Ongoing

 Objective #2:  : Continue to monitor professional development needs within the district using multiple sources of data. 

Strategies/Activities:

      Regularly re-examine the types of data used in the PDP Needs Analysis to search for strengths, weaknesses, needs, and trends.

      Provide professional development experiences so that teachers can effectively collect and use student performance data to inform instruction.

      Identify and analyze additional sources of meaningful data beyond the results provided by formal assessments (longitudinal studies, focus groups, student surveys, etc.). 

Evaluation Strategies:

 

Strategies

Who

When

      Report the results of needs analyses and data to appropriate groups within the district, including the District Curriculum Council, School Based Planning Coordinating Council, and Board of Education.

ASI

Director of Standards Support

PDP Committee TLC Director

Ongoing

      Use longitudinal data as it becomes available to conduct studies that address questions about student performance.

ASI

Director of Standards Support

Ongoing

      Identify common teaching and instructional needs through the district and individual goal setting process.

ASI

Leadership & Teaching Staff

Director of Standards Support

Spring 2013

      Collect and analyze survey data relative to specific needs of teachers using a variety of sources including, but not limited to, the TLC needs analysis and data from leadership staff.

ASI

Director of Standards Supp.

TLC Director

Leadership Staff

Spring 2013

      Gather information by reading current studies to support decision making in professional development.

PDP Committee

Ongoing, as necessary

      Explore whether additional sources of data are effective in evaluating professional development.

PDP Committee

Ongoing, as necessary

 

Objective #3:  

There are three areas around which all professional development will be organized:

      Content- academic subject knowledge

      Context- the climate for authentic learning

      Pedagogy or Process a repertoire of instructional strategies

 

These opportunities will be matched to the needs of the faculty according to their stages of development based upon research, theory, and standards of professional practice.

 

Strategies/Activities:

 

      Identify and prioritize needs based on student achievement, faculty readiness, and the ad hoc process.

      Provide appropriate and varied professional development opportunities.

      Practice opportunities for teachers to deepen their understanding of the content, context, and pedagogy needed in a standards-based classroom.

      Analyze assessments and student work to identify areas of instructional need and intervention strategies. 

 

Evaluation Strategies:

 

Strategies

Who

When

      Collect and analyze data from professional development opportunities and use the data to inform future experiences.

SBPT, TLC, ASI

Dec. 2012-

June 2013

      Review student performance data and BEDS data, particularly in identified areas of need to guide future professional development and future instructional strategies.

SBPT, TLC, ASI

Dec. 2012-

June 2013

 

Objective #4:   Continue to provide and promote opportunities for staff to participate in professional development through job-embedded experiences. 

 

Strategies/Activities:

 

Provide and promote opportunities including but not limited to the following:

      Collegial circles and study groups

      New teacher/experienced colleague meetings

      Peer coaching

      Supervisory pre- and post-observation conferences

      Instructional planning time

      Consultations with special area staff such as counselors, curriculum specialists, and parents

      Visitation days

      Regularly scheduled meetings including: faculty meetings, team/cluster meetings, department meetings, and grade level meetings, both district-wide and at the building level

      Release time for activities such as curriculum writing, ad hoc work, and group scoring of assessments

      Action Research

      Instructional technology support and lesson design

      Self reflection using video and other techniques

      Structured opportunities for sharing of best practices

      Collegial sharing or turn-key training based on conference attendance and mini grant projects implemented

      Goal setting and reflection as part of the Standards for Professional Practice in Teaching

      Support for building-based professional development through the TLC

      Accessing the knowledge base of the experts among us

 

Evaluation Strategies:

 

Strategies

Who

When

      Report to School Based Planning Teams at the building level

SBPT, TLC

Ongoing

      School Based Planning Liaison Committee Meetings provide opportunities to share professional development across schools

SBPT, TLC

Ongoing

      Showcase best practices at the building level and through the Teaching Learning Center

SBPT, TLC

Ongoing

      Encourage and support staff presentations at local, state, and national conferences

Leadership Staff

Ongoing

      Provide teachers who hold a professional certificate the opportunity for professional development and to electronically report the required hours through PD Express.               (175 hrs. over 5 years)

Personnel Director

TLC Director

2 times/year

Objective #5:   Maintain professional development in support of student learning and achievement as a budgetary priority.

 

Strategies/Activities:

 

      Target and prioritize the funding allocation to the areas of need specified in the PDP.

      Continue to search for resources outside of the district to supplement district funds in support of these priorities.

Evaluation Strategies:

 

Strategies

Who

When

      The annual curriculum and instruction budget will reflect the needs identified in the PDP.

ASI

Annually

      The Office of Curriculum and Instruction will prepare a report to the Superintendent regarding the cost analysis as part of the annual budget.

ASI

Annually

      The Teaching Learning Center, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and Office of Personnel will collaboratively investigate, identify and report on potential out-of-district resources to supplement the budgeted professional development resources.

TLC, ASI, Personnel, PDP Committee

Annually

WICSD Principles of Effective Professional Development

WICSD Comprehensive Professional Development Plan

Professional Development Planning Committee