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STAFF DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING

2013-14 Schedule of Training/Late Start Days

The staff has analyzed the CST scores for the past years and has discovered a trend of low student performance that indicates a need for professional training in instructional strategies, standard-based instruction, and building professional learning communities, as well for a focus on data analysis for instructional improvement and student results. 

Research supports training in brain-based instructional strategies. For example, researcher/author, Robert Marzano, identified Nine major areas for improved instructional strategies in his book, “Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achevement. 

Standard-based instructional connections need to be the basis for lesson design, instruction and assessment.  This method is refered to as the “Backwards Planning Model” since lessons are designed first with the assessment of the standard in mind, followed by the learning activities. Teachers must first “unpack” the key elements of the standard being addressed. In the book, “Making Standards Useful in the Classroom,” by Robert Marzano and Mark Haystead, the researchers/authors present ways to convert Standards documents into a format that teachers can actually use to guide instruction and to create meaningful formative assessments.

The goal of researcher/author, Richard DuFour, is to create professional learning communities (PLC) for teachers to focus on learning rather than teaching.  Teachers in PLCs work collaboratively together, and hold  themselves accountable for student learning results. The idea of improving schools by developing professional learning communities is currently a statewide focus. DuFour states that Four key concepts must be addressed for a PLC plan to be successful:
1) Ensuring That Students Learn, 2) A Culture of Collaboration, 3) A Focus on Results, and 4) Hard Work and Commitment.



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