SCSD Reforms Professional Development with Learning Forward

     Published on 6/3/16   Tagged under:    District News    Superintendent   

In partnership with Learning Forward, a leading nonprofit in the field of professional development, and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the SCSD has been selected to collaborate with 19 other school districts across the country to improve professional development standards.
As one of 20 school districts across the nation selected to take part, the SCSD is midway through an 18-month process intended to create more effective measures of professional development success. The PD Community of Practice has brought SCSD leaders to conferences in Washington, DC and Denver, CO to meet with other school leaders about best practices relating to professional development. SCSD staff will also attend a conference in St. Louis and a Learning Forward conference in Vancouver before the program wraps up in May 2017.
Prior to taking part in the Community of Practice, professional development effectiveness in the SCSD was measured largely based on teacher reaction. Now, as a result of this partnership, there will be a shift toward more of an action-based assessment. Rather than simply asking teachers what they thought of a training, staff will also be asked what they learned from a session and how committed they are to implementing what they learned in their classroom. If teachers indicate that they are very committed to implementing a new idea, staff will follow up with classroom walkthroughs to collect and measure effectiveness, all in an effort to lead to greater student success.
To learn more about this Community of Practice and the SCSD partnership with Learning Forward, please click here.