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 2022-23 school year.

In addition to Acceptance & Belonging the professional development theme for this school year continues to be “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.

As we transition from the mitigations of the Covid pandemic to more typical school experiences, our focus this year is on the social/emotional well-being of our students and staff.  To that end, many of our professional development offerings will be based on social/emotional health and diversity, equity, and inclusion. During our August Institute Days, sessions around diversity, equity, and inclusion were facilitated by presenters from Lurie Children’s Hospital. In addition, District staff trained in “RULER” presented an overview of this systemic approach to social/emotional/learning created by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Curricular areas continue to be supported by our District Literacy and Math/Science Coordinators who will facilitate weekly Professional Learning Team (PLT) meetings in the areas of elementary English Language Arts, math, and science.  In the area of literacy, elementary teachers will receive support around the Literacy Studio model of instruction, which enhances our comprehensive English Language Arts program.  We will also 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. K-8 math PD will focus on the implementation of new math resources. Professional development will include creating pre-assessments, aligning assessments to reporting standards, creating new pacing guides, and planning for daily instruction.

Jo Anne Roler, curriculum and social studies expert, will support elementary and middle school teachers in the area of social studies, ensuring that our social studies curriculum is aligned to the most recent state standards, mandates, and best practice.

Maple School teachers will continue to develop a model for Professional Learning Teams, during which teachers will collaborate on instructional strategies that best meet student need.  In addition, teachers will continue to implement strategies to support students’ social and emotional growth.  Penny Kittle, internationally known English Language Arts consultant, will again, this year, be working with Maple ELA teachers on best practice for middle school English Language Arts instruction.

Andy Kohl, Director of Educational Technology, and his team will continue to support teachers as they utilize online platforms that enable teachers and students to share documents and collaborate. In addition, they will assist teachers with the integration of new applications and platforms that are beneficial to classroom instruction.

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