At various times throughout the school year, students are not in attendance or are released early from school in order to allow time for teacher training and professional development. Research shows us that a knowledgeable, well-trained teacher has a positive impact on student growth and we want to make sure all our teachers have time for and access to high quality professional development. One way to make sure this happens is through time built into the school calendar for staff training.
Like any profession, there are important advances and changes in teaching and learning occurring all the time. It is critical that our staff members stay up-to-date with this new information. Utilizing time for professional development throughout the school year also allows our staff to learn about ways to implement changes required by state and/or federal law. Differentiated instruction, new learning standards, assessment requirements, and curriculum changes are all important topics for staff training.
As the Board of Education adopts new textbooks and materials for our students, our teachers need time to review the materials and collaborate with each other so our students can benefit from the effective use of these newly purchased items. Using technology resources to support student learning is another area that is important for staff training.
In order to improve student learning, educators must stay current with important advances that are occurring in education. With the knowledge that the best professional development is on-going, collaborative, and allows time for teachers to ask questions and practice the new skills, we will continue to build opportunities for teacher training into our school calendar. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
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