We believe that all educators should have access to engaging and relevant professional development.
Continuing our work in critical areas of personalized learning and equity, professional learning continues to be built around parallel structures to help facilitate consistency and alignment, while providing personalization of experience for adults in the district.
Intensive work is ongoing in the areas of project-based learning, instructional planning, sheltered instruction, educational technology, and content-specific pedagogy, all built upon a common foundation of learning design in the workshop.
Additional learning opportunities are available throughout the year to support teachers in planning with, and use of, new curricular resources being made available district-wide.
Curricular Resource Support
A range of training and deeper dives is scheduled to support teachers in using curricular resources to design learning experiences with and for students. See the 2018-19 Professional Development Overview
To deepen understanding and refine practice around core areas of work, aligned with residencies and consistent with new curricular resources, Academies are planned two times in the 2018-2019 school year. Offered in October and November, EPS Academies will provide a range of topics and entry points for teachers to dig deeper into practice and use of resources. Each Academy will be structured around concurrent sessions, and will provide teachers with strategies for designing personalized learning experiences for students.
Educator Development Series
This series of learning sessions is designed to follow the new teacher induction, and provides ongoing support for teachers in core learning areas, curricular resources, assessment, and learning design. This is learning at the strategy and practical application level, giving teachers hands-on learning with specialists in the field, to refine and grow their practice. This series supports the New Educator Program.
These un-conference events will be held a number of times throughout the year personalized for teacher needs and interests. Designed purely for teachers and by teachers, EdCamps spread the conversation and allow practitioners to share ideas and work in an informal, collaborative experience.
Learning Design Academy
These sessions, facilitated by content and pedagogical specialists, are designed to support teachers as they plan meaningful and personalized instruction for their students. Beginning in June, and scheduled for August, these full days provide educators with explicit time for long range unit planning and design using curricular resources and technology tools being provided by the district.
Learning Labs are opportunities for small groups of teachers and administrators to observe the lab process, coaching, and instructional risk-taking happening live in a classroom. Labs will happen throughout the school year as opportunities to experience the work teachers and students are doing with PBL, Workshop, EPS Math, Sheltered Instruction, and Technology. Dates will be communicated as soon as residency schools have them identified.
Ongoing courses are available after hours on topics ranging from ELL and sheltered instruction to technology and early literacy.
Online EdTech Training
Professional development and training will be available virtually on a range of topics such as getting started with iReady, using Seesaw to promote 4Cs, and supporting math literacy with Dreambox.