One of the key goals identified in the Davis schools’ new strategic plan was development of a professional growth system for teachers that is comprehensible, equitable, sustainable and cohesive.
The idea is to enhance student achievement by making sure district teachers are up to date in terms of their skills.
Currently, the district is launching the new system aimed at providing teachers with the knowledge and skills beginning in differentiated instruction, social emotional intelligence and inquiry-based learning — a process that will continue through the new school year and beyond.
The new offerings/format will have the California Common Core state standards woven throughout the themes for classroom applications, with the goals of achieving more inclusive and equitable learning environments and improved learning for each student.
The system will provide teachers with differentiated growth opportunities, said Stephanie Gregson, director of curriculum assessment and learning.
“The offerings will take place in a cyclical manner throughout the school year, allowing educators to select the sessions most relevant to their teaching under each theme,” she explained.
The system is designed to include opportunities for collaboration, planning, building new knowledge and giving the school district the feedback it needs to make adjustments.