Professional Development

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.

Our Goals

  • 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.

 

Professional Development Schedule for December 13-14

District 30's Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee has outlined the faculty's professional development schedule for December.  Heinemann Professional Development provider, Ellin Keene will be in the District from December 13-14.  During this visit and the one in January, she will be working on designing lesson plans that include comprehension strategy instruction, striking the balance between surface and deep structures, and reinforcing the vision of the literacy studio. 

In the past Ellin has worked with grade level bands.  However, in response to teacher requests, during her December and January visits, she will be working with individual grade levels on the above topics using the strategies that have been identified for a "deep dive" at each grade level. The schedule is below.

Tuesday, December 13 at Wescott--4th Grade 
8:00 - 9:30  Content
9:30 - 10:30  Strategy Lesson/Conferring
10:30 - 11:00 Debrief

Tuesday, December 13 at Wescott--5th Grade 
12:30 - 2:00 Content
2:00 - 3:00  Strategy Lesson/Conferring
3:00 - 3:30 Debrief

Wednesday, December 14 at Willowbrook--3rd Grade
8:00 - 9:30  Content
9:30 - 10:30  Strategy Lesson/Conferring
10:30 - 11:00 Debrief

Wednesday, December 14 at Willowbrook--2nd Grade
12:30 - 2:00 Content
2:00 - 3:00  Strategy Lesson/Conferring
3:00 - 3:30 Debrief