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1 11 Professional Development Watertown Public Schools 2010-2011

2 22 To provide effective and focused professional development that ensures the time and structure to implement district, school, and department goals and ultimately improve student achievement. Professional Development Council Goal

3 33 Professional Development Council Jean Fitzgerald, Assistant Superintendent Mena Ciarlone, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, PDC Co- Coordinator Rob Stergis, ELL Curriculum Coordinator, PDC Co-Coordinator Kimo Carter, Middle School Principal Bill McCarthy, Hosmer Co-Principal Bethan Bailey, Lowell ELLTeacher Lidia Dileso, Cunniff Grade 4 Classroom Teacher Jill Fantasia, Hosmer Special Education Teacher Elizabeth Kaplan, Middle School Grade 7 Science Teacher Sara Patashnick, Hosmer Music Teacher

4 44 Professional Development Program Framework Strand I: Department/Grade Level Strand II: Technology-In-Practice Strand III: District/School-Based Various Other Activities

5 55 Professional Development Program Dates Three Wednesday meetings each month Two Half Day Professional Days Oct 6 May 11 Five Full Day Professional Days Sept 1 Sept 14 Nov 2 Jan 18 Mar 14 Variety of other PD activities at other times

6 66 Full Day Professional Development Schedule Fluctuating schedule Refer to handbook (on PDC website), handout, and school year calendar

7 77 Wednesday Meetings There are three monthly scheduled meetings: First available Wednesday Meeting: Faculty Meetings, 2:45-3:45 Second available Wednesday Meeting: Department/Grade Level Meetings, 2:45-4:45 Third available Wednesday Meeting: District/School-Based Meetings, 2:45-3:45

8 88 Strand I: Department/Grade Level PD

9 99 Elementary Schools Department/Grade Level PD Planning Middle and High Schools Department Meetings Strand I: Department/Grade Level PD

10 10 Elementary Focus Elementary Grade Level meetings are designed by the Task Forces to provide professional development on creating and implementing curriculum. Focus on: Reading Early Childhood Math Science WCAP/BBDT (ask Jean World Languages)

11 11 Secondary Focus Secondary Department meetings are designated times for faculty to meet with Curriculum Coordinators. Focus on: Department improvement plans State and district assessment Mass Curriculum Frameworks Content of Curriculum

12 12 Strand II: Technology-In-Practice T-I-P

13 13 In an effort to continue to improve professional development we have made several changes this year. To begin, you will notice many new Technology in Practice course offerings. Secondly, you will be able to sign up for a TIP course as a “team” if you elect to do so. For example, a team may consist of a classroom teacher, an instructional assistant and an ELL teacher. We have also changed the format of the TIP classes. The first TIP session will take place on 10/6 which is a half day. November 2, January 18 and March 14 are each full Professional Development days where 2 hours of TIP instructional time have been allotted in the morning and 1 hour and 15 minutes of project time will be included in the afternoon (1/8 and 3/14 only). This will be a great time for you to either work individually or collectively as a team on your TIP project. We encourage staff to think about developing projects which may result from the new technology you will begin to use and how the individual team members can contribute to the development of this project. We are continuing to work on closing the gap with respect to the amount of time that lapses between one TIP session and the next. Finally, some TIP courses have been designed for a specific population, so please pay attention to these restrictions. 13

14 14 XTRA NORMAL TIP Here is an Xtra Normal movie which features TIP changes that have been put in place: XTRA NORMAL TIP 14

15 15 Watertown Talks Tech Teachers want to develop their technology skills within the context of their teaching and the curriculum. There are three levels of technology use in practice: Emergent Proficient Advanced

16 16 You will select a T-I-P mini course to take during the Full Day PD days. Three Sessions 10 PDPs Project time T-I-P Mini Courses You will be asked to select which level of proficiency best describes your technology needs.

17 17 Recommended Courses Some courses are being offered which are recommended for learners in specific departments.

18 18 Each T-I-P Mini Course will be project- based so that learners can practice applying and using the new technology 10 PDPs will be allotted based on six hours of instruction plus four hours of work towards your project. Project-based

19 19 T-I-P Extended Learners have the option of continuing to work on a project beyond the T-I-P course time in order to receive additional PDPs. Log additional hours under “T-I-P Extended” in MLP.

20 20 A+ Innovators If a learner has progressed beyond the levels of expertise (Emergent, Proficient and Advanced), he or she may choose to enroll in A+ Innovators which allows you to create your own technology project. There is also a partnership opportunity with Harvard University graduate students. (See the General Conference memo posted by Mena Ciarlone.)

21 21 T-I-P Web Site

22 22 TeacherWeb for Beginners Navigating iPass Working Smarter With Your Administrative Tools Emergent Level Courses

23 23 Proficient Level Courses Creating Student Wikis and Blogs Data Wise Teaching Science with Gizmos iTouch for K-5 VIrtual Field Trips Using Visuals to Enhance Student Learning Digital Documentaries

24 24 Advanced Level Courses Digital Photography Instructional Media and Production The TV Studio and the Curriculum A+ for Innovators

25 25 Department Level TIP Courses-Recommended Digital Information Literacy and Research Skills for Secondary Humanities Digital Portfolios Technology in Physical Education and Health Music and Technology Analyzing Data in Math

26 26 Strand III: District/School-Based PD 3rd available Wednesday Meeting of each month: 10 or more PDPs over the school year

27 27 The Barebones of Book Clubs Second Life National Health Observances Carroll Math: Specialized Math Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities K-3 Math/ Science/ Literacy Connections Admin Tools for Administrators Using Google as a Reliable Research Tool The Leader In Me: Inspiring Greatness in One Child at a Time District-School-based Mini-Courses

28 28 Curriculum Planning Action Research TIP Extended Task Forces Leadership Councils Out of District PD Out of District state mandated ELL PD Peer Observation* Data Instruction* Student Work* Or… District-School-based Options

29 29 District – School-based Web Site

30 30 Sample Professional Development Plans TeacherProfessional Goal TIPDistrict/ School Based Project Secondary Special Educator To add 1-2 new technologies to reach diverse learners Assistive Technologies and Universal Design Teaching Diverse Learners Course VoiceThread as a pre- reading activity Elementary Teacher To enrich students vocabulary understanding using multiple intelligences PowerPoint for Proficient Learners Reading Task Force Word portfolio on PowerPoint

31 31 Sample Professional Development Plans TeacherProfessional Goal TIPDistrict/ School Based Project Middle School Science Teacher To increase students use of technology in science TeacherWeb for Secondary Teachers Curriculum Planning: map curriculum to include new technologies Science class webpage Curriculum map

32 32 Professional Development Handbook Posted on District PD web site In your school library (a printed copy) Posted in MyLearningPlan

33 33 Questions? Ask your PDC representative Ask your Principal Read the PD Handbook Visit the PD Web Site Visit MyLearningPlan

34 34 Thank You We need your feedback about Professional Development. Please sign up for Strand II and Strand III (T-I-P courses) by Friday, September 17.

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