District Professional Development
We hope to impact one of the district goals, To ensure all students achieve to their highest level, when planning for professional development. The workshops and inservice will address these areas:
To foster a better understanding of individual differences and learning needs of students and of ways to accommodate for and address these needs to improve student achievement
To increase proficiency/applications and increase technology integration
Our district endeavors to support and provide professional development for our staff to meet goals of the district, School Improvement Plans, the District Technology Plan, district curricular projects, and/or those stated in individual job goals. The general professional development goals are stated above and many opportunities exist each year relating to pedagogy or technology skills and integration, to include Morton In-house University (MIU) classes, which meet for a total of fifteen hours, district workshops, workshops outside the district, inservice days, and our mentoring program for new teachers. All staff report what they learn at workshops with other staff at staff meetings or grade-level meetings.
Often there has been an identified district focus for professional development. Such topics have included: differentiation, inclusion, accommodations and adaptations, authentic assessment, writing instruction, curriculum mapping, multiple intelligences and learning styles, interdisciplinary teaching, brain-based research, learning and memory, technology integration, and textbook adoption methods. Many district staff as well as outside speakers and consultants have assisted our professional development goals, to include: Guy Dowd, Bill Halloran, Kathie Nunley, Jim Moulton, James Burgett, Richard Villa, Barbara Doyle, Marilee Sprenger, Julie Gomes, Del Harnish, and Rick Stiggens. The Technology Staff Development Program is outlined in the District Technology Plan.
Some of the district offerings are available to the community, especially in the area of technology. Be watching our website for such opportunities!