Ideas and successful practices from principals in the Master Principal Program.
Thanks, Diana, for creating this site. I look forward to using it. KJanes
How can vertical alignment between grade levels and across curriculum areas become ongoing professional development throughout an entire school year? How about less PD days during the summer and August. All certified staff members would sign their contract requiring them to remain after school once a week on the same day until 5PM throughout the entire year so essential ongoing alignment can not only happen within a grade level or building but even occur between different campuses within a district. For example, aligning horizontally is easily attainable, yet visualize fifth grade teachers in an elementary school having those crucial vertical alignment discussions with the sixth grade teachers at the middle school. These type of conversations can complete the missing link that is so lacking within the majority of our school districts.
Teachers are generally overwhelmed and tired at the end of the day so my teachers don't like any after school meetings
I really like Ken's idea. Sometimes teachers seem lost when selecting PD that is truly beneficial to them. This program of PD would allow teachers to feel ownership of what is meaningful to them and would advance productivity of the building. For my building, childcare would be an issue, but maybe this could turn into a service learning project for the high school students.
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