Evaluation Of District Wide Professional Development Essay
In regards to district-wide professional development my recommendation is that the district chooses to focus on intervention and enrichment for the reasons outlined in the sections below.
The district has been focusing the past year on professional learning communities (PLCs) and establishing PLCs in each building across the district. The goal for the end of the 2015-16 school year was to start implementing these professional learning communities throughout the district by the start of the 2016-17 school year. This is happening in each building with time built-in throughout each teacher’s schedule to accommodate the shift toward collaboration and data-driven conversations. Therefore, the next logical step would be to continue the development of professional learning communities by focusing on intervention and enrichment. By doing so the professional development would answer two of the fundamental questions asked during a PLC meeting: 1) What do we do when students are NOT getting it? 2) What do we do WHEN students are getting it? Teachers would have a better understanding of what to do with the data being collected and discussed during PLC meetings each week.
Furthermore, the district last year received an F overall for gap closing on the district-wide report card. Each school received an F in this area with the exception of one elementary school in the district that received a D. This shows that clearly students’ needs are not…