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 members. 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.
Although our instructional techniques have evolved to meet the needs of our students during these unprecedented times, our commitment to supporting teachers in all areas of instruction remains a top priority during the 2020-2021 school year.
As teachers have shifted to small socially distanced classes in which materials are not shared, hybrid classes during which students are both present and live streaming into class from home, and full eLearning, we are focused on using technology in ways that best support student learning. Our District 30 technology team has been working tirelessly with teachers at all grade levels to introduce new technology, to make sure that technology works, and to assure that technology is integrated into instruction in the best possible way.
Teachers continue to grow their practice in curricular areas by participating in elementary Professional Learning Teams, Department Meetings, and Maple Grade Level Teams. And although our method of delivery may have changed from in-person to zoom meetings, we continue to provide opportunities with both in-house and outside experts to expand knowledge in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Our elementary 1st and 2nd grade teachers will be implementing new social studies materials that are aligned with the Illinois State Standards, and our intermediate students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be working in a new vocabulary program.
As we head further into a year in which much is new or unknown, we will continue to provide for the needs of our students regardless of the method of delivery, and we will continue to support teachers with multiple learning opportunities in instruction and assessment.