Draft - February 2002
The purpose of the WSESU Professional Development Plan is
to improve students learning by improving instruction.
about student learning:
Beliefs about professional development:
Students learn best when teachers are knowledgeable
and effective in providing instruction.
Students learn best when teachers are sensitive to individuals needs and learning styles
Students learn best when they are facilitated in constructing
their own knowledge.
Students learn best in safe, respectful and well managed
Students learn best when instruction is directed towards
achievement of clearly defined standards
Professional development planning should be:
- involve teachers
- be responsive to teacher
Professional development should have the following
characteristics: long duration, collective participation,
active, and coherent. PD should include classroom modeling
Professional development reflects teacher-centered,
school-based, and district-wide goals.
Professional development in WSESU needs to provide teachers
with the following:
Training in standards-based instruction, assessment
and lesson/ unit development
Training in research-supported approaches to teaching
that is content-based.
Training in classroom management
Training in skills needed to implement curriculum
Training in multiple instructional techniques.
- In order to begin implementation of this plan, we need
Survey teachers as to professional development needs
Develop a rationale for identifying district and school-based
Develop a program for new hires
Work on how to include Act 51, HazCom, Blood-borne pathogens
Develop a long-term calendar