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Professional development

Karen Bechdol

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

475-6060

Click here to read the most recent issue of the Professional Development Newsletter

 

Improving student 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.

 

The plan 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.

 

Professional development goals

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.

 

Goal #1: 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 building levels.

Goal #2: 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 disciplines.

Goal #3: Provide a safe, respectful and responsible school and district community.

  • Objective 3.1: PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System)

    • 3.1a: Provide targeted professional development to all K-12 staff on PBIS evidenced-based implementation practices with high fidelity.

    • 3.1b: Provide targeted professional development and support to PBIS coaches, teams and leaders to ensure full implementation of PBIS.

    • 3.1c: Provide targeted professional development to all K-12 administrative and Pupil Personnel support staff to create, document and use effective best practices addressing student social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

  • Objective 3.2: Provide targeted professional development in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) and TCIS recertification.

  • Objective 3.3:  Provide targeted professional development to all K-12 staff on culture and diversity issues to ensure district staff members have the resources they need to promote a culturally responsive environment for teaching and learning.

  • Objective 3.4:  Provide targeted professional development to all K-12 staff on the district's Code of Conduct to ensure district staff members have the information they need to support a safe and respectful environment.

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