Professional Learning for Teachers Grades K – 2

Core Courses are aligned to the Balanced Literacy Model (Modeled Reading/Writing, Shared Reading/Writing, Guided Reading/Writing, and Independent Reading/Writing). Each Core Course is designed to provide teachers with the necessary instructional tools that will develop students’ abilities to read, write, listen, and speak effectively. The Core Courses include the six areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and oral language, which are critical to student literacy growth. In addition, the Core Courses provide instructional tools of increasingly complex texts combined with a gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student. Teachers who attend the Core Courses and implement the strategies and best practices covered in the courses appropriately, and with fidelity will yield academic achievement throughout their school year.

Elective Courses

Elective Courses are professional development offerings aligned to specific programs supported by the Literacy Department & the Elementary Learning Deparment:

Professional Learning Communities

Strong collaborative relationships, coupled with the sharing of effective teaching strategies, are built through connected and sustained learning in the PLCs (NSDC, 2009). Teachers participate in school-based Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to identify and focus on improving their own teaching practices and provide an opportunity to examine the impact that high-quality strategies have on student learning. Through exploration of individual and collective experiences, teachers actively construct, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize knowledge and practices (Learning Forward, 2012).

Self Guided

Some examples of Self-Guided professional development are:

  • Reading professional literature
  • Engaging in informal dialogue with peers Individual or collaborative research
  • Education conferences
  • Summer Institutes
  • Online courses through universities or organizations