Professional Development Facts:
Research shows that teacher effectiveness is the single most important school-based factor in student success. Students who have highly effective teachers for three years in a row will score 50 percentile points higher on achievement tests than students who have less effective teachers. A research synthesis breaks down teacher effectiveness into five points:
- Effective teachers have high expectations for all students.
- Effective teachers contribute to positive academic, attitudinal, and social outcomes for students such as regular attendance, self-efficacy, and cooperative behavior.
- Effective teachers use diverse resources to plan and structure engaging learning opportunities.
- Effective teachers contribute to the development of classrooms and schools that value diversity and civic mindedness.
- Effective teachers collaborate with other teachers, administrators, parents, and education professionals to ensure students' success.
~ Laura Varlas, ASCD Info Brief
Professional Development and Relicensure
Professional Development Committee (PDC):
In accordance to state regulations, USD #232 has a district Professional Development Committee comprised of representatives from each school and administration. This group works to establish our professional development point system, conduct a yearly needs assessment and provide leadership in the area of professional learning. Members include:
- Ceresa Schaffer, District PDC Representative
- Emily Stiles, Belmont Elementary
- Allison Nelson, Clear Creek Elementary School
- Nancy Perry, De Soto High School
- Christy Hale, Horizon Elementary
- Renee Graham, Lexington Trails Middle School
- Stacia Walters, Mill Creek Middle School
- Laurie Deuschle, Mill Valley High School
- Colby Sullivan, Mize Elementary School
- Erin Oliver, Monticello Trails Middle School
- Cristi Smith, Prairie Ridge Elementary School
- Traci Seyb, Riverview Elementary School
- Lana DeHoff, Starside Elementary School