Northbrook / Glenview School District 30 believes that professional development is essential to improving student learning and promoting high achievement across all learning levels. As the means to enhance staff skills and competencies, professional development should provide opportunities to attain pedagogical content knowledge as well as build instructional and leadership skills, thereby providing continuous learning for all staff.
- Adopt research-based standards of professional development inclusive of context, process, and content to enhance student achievement (see National Staff Development Council standards).
- Review and monitor student needs utilizing quality assessment data.
- Explore and implement new professional learning strategies.
- Oversee the implementation of the District #30 Induction and Mentoring Program.
Highlights of Our Program
District 30 prides itself on a comprehensive, job-embedded professional development program for all faculty. Opportunities for learning are offered in a variety of formats throughout the year, including monthly Half-Day School Improvement sessions. The following are just a few of the highlights planned for the 2016-2017 school year.
The all-encompassing theme for this school year is “Cohesive Instruction”. During our August Institute, at our first Half-Day School Improvement Day, and throughout the school year, we will continually revisit this theme, relating our daily work to the importance of a cohesive instructional plan.
In the area of literacy, teachers will continue to receive training and support around the reading workshop model of instruction. One of the areas of focus this year will be comprehension strategy instruction. Ellin Keene, nationally known author and expert in reading instruction will continue her work with our elementary and middle school English Language Arts teachers. In addition, Chicago Literacy Group consultants will continue to support our elementary teachers with unit planning.
Last year we offered elementary teachers an opportunity to participate in the Lab Classroom, a job-embedded professional learning model that developed a collaborative culture and provided differentiated support to teachers. During the Lab Classroom experience, teachers had the opportunity to observe colleagues in their own classroom setting, name best practices, offer insights, ponder questions, and grow their own instructional practice. We will continue this model during the 2016-17 school year.
Andy Kohl, Director of Educational Technology and his tech team will be providing professional development for the kindergarten through second grade teachers, who will be studying technology-based lesson plans and the use of iPads with primary students. The tech team will also continue their work in the areas of information literacy and digital citizenship, providing resources and lessons that encourage students to make good choices online.
During the 2016-17 school year, Kery Obradovich, District 30 Math and Science Coordinator and Kristin Cioffi, Math/Science coach, will work with teachers to implement new science curriculum that is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, providing job-embedded grade-level training on the new units. They will also continue their work in the area of math, supporting elementary teachers in math fluency and looking at trends in math workshop practice(s).
Our teachers will continue to utilize assessment, both formative and summative, to drive their instruction. Multiple opportunities for conversation and training on this topic will be available to all District 30 staff members.
Staff to Participate in Language Arts Workshops on Institute Day, March 6, 2017
District 30's Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee reports that faculty will participate in English Language Arts (ELA) workshops on Teacher Institute Day, on March 6. There is no school on that day.
"We will be continuing the focus of our January 13 half-day schedule. Grade level sessions for classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, and speech pathologists will be held in the morning, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.
She said that at the most recent District ELA meeting, committee representatives from all grade levels planned the activities for the day, including the inclusion of afternoon breakout sessions during which teachers will have an opportunity to attend sessions that address their areas of interest.
"It is our hope to be able to offer a variety of collaborative discussions during three 45 minute sessions on topics relevant to the work we have been doing in ELA. We are in need of staff members to facilitate these sessions. Please consider leading a session around a topic with which you have had success or one that you find challenging. The sessions are not intended to be 'presentations', but rather forums for discussion and an opportunity to learn from each other. Teams of teachers would be welcome."
Contact Ms. Lee at nlee@district30org or 847-498-4190.