With many districts delaying the reopening of schools for up to two weeks, there is a real opportunity that exists.
All of us on the Focused Schools’ team have been principals. In that role, we were quick to say, “I wish we had more professional development time before the students return.” Many districts will now have that time.
However, time isn’t enough. It’s what we do with that time that will make the difference. Of course, teachers and staff will need time to “get ready” for the return of students. But, this is also a time to build capacity.
Here are a few considerations for you as you think about developing your “back to school” professional development.
What are the one to three big ideas/goals that teachers and staff need to know and be able to do to start strong-er?
Less is more – keep the professional development targeted AND focused.
Practice and planning around new learning isn’t optional – it’s necessary.
Connect the dots from one professional development session to the next. Random professional development won’t translate to change in practice.
If you are looking for a tool to help you plan out your professional development, check out Friday’s blog post. And, if you need someone to partner with you on the development of your plan, email us at email@example.com. We would be honored to help. We are here to serve.
Be sure to check back on Wednesday!
We will be sharing an amazing story of growth from a high school in New Haven, CT.