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.
Ø Design, develop and implement professional development programs based on the district’s focus areas, school improvement processes, and curriculum priorities (see attached priorities).
Ø Incorporate into the curriculum ad hoc reporting structure a description of the professional development provided to support implementation efforts.
Ø 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.
Ø 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.
Ø 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.
Objective #2: : Continue to monitor professional development needs within the district using multiple sources of data.
Ø Regularly re-examine the types of data used in the PDP Needs Analysis to search for strengths, weaknesses, needs, and trends.
Ø Provide professional development experiences so that teachers can effectively collect and use student performance data to inform instruction.
Ø Identify and analyze additional sources of meaningful data beyond the results provided by formal assessments (longitudinal studies, focus groups, student surveys, etc.).
There are three areas around which all professional development will be organized:
Ø Content- academic subject knowledge
Ø Context- the climate for authentic learning
Ø 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.
Ø Identify and prioritize needs based on student achievement, faculty readiness, and the ad hoc process.
Ø Provide appropriate and varied professional development opportunities.
Ø Practice opportunities for teachers to deepen their understanding of the content, context, and pedagogy needed in a standards-based classroom.
Ø Analyze assessments and student work to identify areas of instructional need and intervention strategies.
Objective #4: Continue to provide and promote opportunities for staff to participate in professional development through job-embedded experiences.
Provide and promote opportunities including but not limited to the following:
Ø Collegial circles and study groups
Ø New teacher/experienced colleague meetings
Ø Peer coaching
Ø Supervisory pre- and post-observation conferences
Ø Instructional planning time
Ø Consultations with special area staff such as counselors, curriculum specialists, and parents
Ø Visitation days
Ø Regularly scheduled meetings including: faculty meetings, team/cluster meetings, department meetings, and grade level meetings, both district-wide and at the building level
Ø Release time for activities such as curriculum writing, ad hoc work, and group scoring of assessments
Ø Action Research
Ø Instructional technology support and lesson design
Ø Self reflection using video and other techniques
Ø Structured opportunities for sharing of best practices
Ø Collegial sharing or turn-key training based on conference attendance and mini grant projects implemented
Ø Goal setting and reflection as part of the Standards for Professional Practice in Teaching
Ø Support for building-based professional development through the TLC
Ø Accessing the knowledge base of the experts among us
Objective #5: Maintain professional development in support of student learning and achievement as a budgetary priority.
Ø Target and prioritize the funding allocation to the areas of need specified in the PDP.
Ø Continue to search for resources outside of the district to supplement district funds in support of these priorities.
WICSD Principles of Effective Professional Development
WICSD Comprehensive Professional Development Plan
Professional Development Planning Committee