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 2021-2022 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, elementary teachers will continue to receive support around the Literacy Studio model of instruction, which enhances our comprehensive English Language Arts program.  Chicago Literacy Group reading and writing consultants will work with primary teachers on foundational reading skills, including phonemic awareness and phonics.  Intermediate teachers will focus on the area of writing. 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 and middle school teachers in the area of social studies.  Using recently revised curriculum maps that include additional inquiry and taking informed action, elementary and middle school teachers will continue to implement resources that align to the most recent research, state standards, and state mandates. 

Andy Kohl, Director of Educational Technology, and his team will support elementary teachers as they implement Clevertouch technology into classroom instruction.  Teachers will continue to utilize online platforms that enable teachers and students to share documents and collaborate. In addition, they will integrate new applications and platforms that were beneficial during remote learning. Throughout the year, teachers will continue to participate in professional development experiences that provide opportunities for rich discussion around how technology can enhance instruction.

Maple School teachers will be developing a model for Professional Learning Teams, during which teachers will collaborate on instructional strategies that best meet student needs.  In addition, teachers will be implementing new strategies to support students’ social and emotional growth.  Penny Kittle, internationally known English Language Arts consultant, will be working with Maple ELA teachers on best practice for middle school English Language Arts instruction.  Maple special education teachers will be implementing the iReady math program.

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.