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 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 monthly Half-Day School Improvement sessions. The following are just a few of the highlights planned for the 2017-18 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 growth their practice.
In the area of literacy, teachers will continue to receive support around the reading workshop model of instruction. An area of focus this year will be supporting students in deepening comprehension in non-fiction/informational text. 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.
Last summer a group of 3rd-5th grade teachers met with social studies expert and consultant, JoAnne Roler, to revise the social studies curriculum, incorporating more inquiry into the curriculum maps and insuring alignment to the most recent research and state standards. This year 3rd-5th grade teachers will continue to work on the maps and inquiry, evaluate new resources, and collaborate on performance tasks, taking informed action, assessment, and discussion strategies. Kindergarten-2nd grade teachers will edit and write new curriculum maps which incorporate more inquiry, evaluate new resources, and collaborate on performance tasks and assessment.
During the 2017-18 school year, Kery Obradovich, District 30 Math and Science Coordinator, and Kristin Goss, 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 with Math MAP goal setting and math workshop practices.
Andy Kohl, Director of Educational Technology and his tech team will continue to provide professional development to all District staff. A focus for this year will be Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship, as the technology team helps teachers to guide all learners in developing the habits of mind that encourage inquiry, foster critical thinking, and develop the skills of expression necessary to be effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world.
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.
District 30 is committed to providing meaningful job-embedded professional development experiences. To that end, once again, the professional development offerings at Wescott and Willowbrook will include job-embedded Lab Classroom sessions. In response to teacher feedback, the Spring Needs Assessment Survey data, and the ELA Committee goals, the format of the Labs will look a bit different.