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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 providing a comprehensive, job-embedded professional development program for all faculty.  Opportunities for learning are offered in a variety of formats throughout the year, including Half-Day School Improvement sessions, classroom observations, and workshops with both in-house experts and outside consultants.  The following are just a few of the highlights planned for the 2019-2020 school year.

The all-encompassing theme for this school year is “Creating Teams to Collaborate for Continuous Improvement”.  During our August Institute, at our Half-Day School Improvement Days, and throughout the school year, we will continually revisit this theme, relating our daily work to the importance of working collaboratively to establish learning environments that enable teachers to grow their practice.

In the area of literacy, teachers will continue to receive support around the Literacy Studio model of instruction, with a focus on the use of student conferences. Ellin Keene, nationally known author and expert in reading instruction, will continue her work with our elementary teachers, supporting them within this area of focus. We will continue to offer elementary teachers opportunities to participate in the Lab Classroom, a job-embedded professional learning model that develops a collaborative culture and provides differentiated support to teachers.  During the Lab Classroom experience, teachers have the opportunity to observe colleagues in their own classroom setting, name best practices, offer insights, ponder questions, and grow their own instructional practice.

Jo Anne Roler, curriculum and social studies expert, will continue to support elementary teachers in the area of social studies.  Using recently revised curriculum maps that include additional inquiry and taking informed action, intermediate grade teachers will implement new resources that align to the most recent research and state standards. Primary teachers will continue the process of reviewing and revising curriculum maps, evaluating new resources, and collaborating on performance tasks and assessment.

During the 2019-20 school year, Kery Obradovich, District 30 Math and Science Coordinator, and Kristin Goss, District 30 Math and Science Specialist, will participate in K-5 grade level professional learning teams (PLT’s) to support teachers with Math MAP goal setting, math workshop planning, and differentiation. 

In science, Kery Obradovich, District 30 Math and Science Coordinator, and Kristin Goss, District 30 Math and Science Specialist will continue to support teachers in the implementation of our inquiry focused science curriculum that is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.  In addition, job-embedded professional development on the utilization of the Virtual Reality experiences that were launched in the 2018-19 school year will continue to enhance science inquiry in 2019-20.

Andy Kohl, Director of Educational Technology, and his team will support teachers as they continue the work of integrating technology into instruction.  Teachers will continue to utilize online platforms that enable teachers and students to share documents and collaborate.  Throughout the year, teachers will continue to participate in professional development experiences that provide opportunities for rich discussion around how technology can enhance instruction.

The Elementary Report Card Committee, under the leadership of Robyn Kogan and Kery Obradovich, will continue the work of creating a standards-based report card.  

Maple School will focus on utilization of the new facility with an emphasis on creating responsive classroom spaces.  In addition, teachers will continue to work on curriculum and instruction in all academic areas.  Laura Terrill, an expert in World Language curriculum, will continue her work with the World Language teachers.  And Jo Anne Roler will support the social studies teachers as they add a new online resource to their curriculum.

Throughout the year our teachers will continue to participate in professional development experiences that provide opportunities for rich discussion around content, instructional strategies, and assessment.