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Medford Public Schools Professional Development Plan 2013-2014

Medford Public Schools Professional Development Plan 2013-2014

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Medford Public Schools Professional Development Plan School Year 2013-2014
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Required and approved by Massachusetts Department of Education
 
The Medford Public Schools is committed to providing all professional staff with the skills and knowledge that promote success for all students, support high academic standards, develop responsible citizenship, foster life-long learning and address the identified goals of individual professional growth
and development 
 plans.
Professional Development Philosophy
“The
road to success is always under construction
 It is the philosophy of the Medford Public Schools that quality professional development is the cornerstone of effective and productive schools. We strive to provide our educators with opportunities for personal and professional growth that will ensure that our students attain national, state and district standards and college and career ready in our diverse and changing world. Our professional development goals are reflective of these beliefs. There should be many opportunities for teachers to engage in professional development. These include but are not limited to the following:
 
District and individual school offerings that are posted on the district professional development website. Workshops are offered after school, weekends, during early release days and on contractual professional development days. Both consultants such as Teachers 21 as well as our own staff facilitate professional development. Per contract, Medford Public Schools has two professional development days per year. During the 2013-2014 school- year, Medford  provided workshops in the following areas:
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Assistive Technology: Exploring the Options
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Building Professional Development Evaluation and Accreditation Workshop
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Diabetes Technology Update for Nurses
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Educatory Evaluation Self- Assessment and SMART goals
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Positive Behavioral Therapeutic Support for Alternative Schools
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 Journeys
 Training
o
 
Social Emotional Learning
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Advanced iPad Training Additionally the website is continually updated to reflect new offerings outside of the district through collaborative or other agencies.
 
2 Medford Public Schools also supports the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiatives and the latest research on effective teaching practices. Recent workshops include:
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RETELL
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SEI Endorsement
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PARCC
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Educator Evaluation
o
 
Licensure/Relicensure
o
 
Backward Design
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Differentiated Instruction
 
Curriculum Directors K-12 provides ongoing professional development in their content areas.
 
Principals by fostering Professional Learning Communities offer professional development in topics deemed important for their teachers and students.
 
Publishers and consultants. When new curriculum materials are adopted there is focus on implementation through professional development For example,
Medford’s elementary schools adopted
 
 Journeys
, a new literacy program this year. The publisher has included extensive professional development opportunities for teachers free of charge. Additionally, our elementary schools are  piloting
 Envision and Go Math
 programs. Consultants from the publishing companies meet monthly with individuals, small grade level groups and large groups of staff to provide professional development.
Medford Public Schools’
 professional development management system is SMART-EDU. Each participant in a district sponsored workshops registers, completes the course and is awarded PDPs through this system. Staff is able to access their professional development points by school year.
Professional Development Goals
1.
 
To design and implement professional development programs for educators that: address the
 Professional Standards for Teachers
 (7.08) and
 Professional Standards  for Administrators
(7.10) 2.
 
To design and implement professional development programs for teachers and administrators that address the identified learning as well as social/emotional needs of all students. 3.
 
To strengthen and increase collaboration with higher education institutions, associations and qualified individuals to plan and implement professional development programs that focus on the improvement of student learning.
 
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4.
 
To utilize student data including MCAS scores to design professional development that will lead to increased student improvement and assist students in meeting the state requirements for obtaining a high school diploma and becoming college and career ready
 
5.
 
To meet the mandates and current requirements for educators such licensure requirements, the educator evaluation tool and the RETELL initiative
6.
 
To provide varied forms of professional development that focus on the use of technology as an instruction tool. Professional development in this area includes courses, workshops, and online course offerings.
 7.
 
To encourage and support staff to assume leadership roles in the district’s
 professional development program by sharing their areas of expertise with their peers.
 
8.
 
To design and offer professional development programs that provide teachers with methods to involve students in activities focusing on high level thinking skills.
9.
 
To provide professional development in the district research based curriculum design model and assessment tools.
 
10. To offer teachers opportunities for collaboration across grade levels, disciplines and school districts.
 
11. To inform educators of out-of-district offerings relevant to individual Professional Growth and Professional Development Plans and district wide goals as such offerings  become available
 
Needs Assessment
In order to better serve our educators professional development needs as well as to fulfill the requirements of grants whose funding supports professional development a
needs assessment must be conducted each year. This assessment is based upon”
 
 
Current mandates and legal requirements
 
 Needs identified by teachers and administrators through various data sources such as assessments.
 
Input of parents and the community
 
Surveys of teachers and evaluations of professional development offerings. Professional development activities for the upcoming school year are planned based on this needs assessment
Funding
Professional development is funded through a variety of sources.
 
Annual reliable allocations from Title IIA, Perkins, SPED
 
Individual budgets of principals and curriculum directors

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