Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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learning, student outcomes
The Professional Development
Plan for the City School District of Albany describes a vision for adult
learning that is collaborative, continuous, embedded in daily practice
and focused on student achievement. The
district seeks to create a system that is sustainable, feasible
and responsive to current student and teacher needs.
These needs are determined by data, building and district yearly
reviews, and staff surveys.
The plan's ultimate goal is to
improve student achievement. In
addition to this primary goal, the plan aims to increase staff members'
knowledge and understanding of best practices, incorporate new and
innovative practices, retain new educators, and meet the New York State
Education Department requirements for professional development.
integrates the goals of the district’s Three-Year Operational Plan with
the goals that the State Education Department has identified as core
elements of professional practice. It acknowledges the district’s Theory
of Action and marries the 2020 Vision with the New York State
Professional Development Standards.
September 2016-June 2018
There are three major
goals for professional development during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school
years. The goals are not necessarily inclusive since response to State
Education mandates, State Education reviews (Diagnostic Tool For
District and School Effectiveness) and other local and state data could
result in a shift. The District
Professional Development Committee will carefully monitor the plan and
be responsive when required.
Align program practices with New York State Education requirements for
the Common Core Learning Standards for English language arts and
literacy in history/social studies/science and technical subjects, for
mathematics and for science; English-language learner/English as a New
Language requisites; and data-driven decision-making protocols.
Objective 1.1: Train
instructional leaders and faculty in all frameworks, practices and
requirements of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
Objective 1.2: Ensure
that a prescribed percentage of professional development hours be
specific to the needs of English-language learners, co-teaching
strategies and integrating language and content instruction.
Objective 1.3: Provide
ongoing training and support for the use of data-driven protocols to
guide instructional decision-making at the classroom, grade and
Ensure that all members of the district's professional staff
develop the skills, knowledge and strategies to effectively implement
curriculum and best instructional practices that are responsive to our
diverse student body.
Objective 2.1: Promote
literacy development K-12 and in all content areas
Objective 2.2: Content
Area Development: Provide
opportunities for staff to enhance their content knowledge and learn
appropriate instructional strategies/best practices in respective
Provide a safe, respectful and responsible school and district community