School improvement efforts require teachers not only to study, implement, and assess learner outcomes outlined by local, state, and national educational standards but also to provide meaningful, engaged learning for a very diverse student population. In working toward change, teachers need to be continually supported with professional development. Teaching is a complex task, and substantial time will be required for teachers and other educators to test out new ideas, assess their effects, adjust their strategies and approaches, and assess again in an effort to reach all students and make learning meaningful. Therefore, in order to provide a quality education for its students, Dublin ISD will encourage teachers to continuously work to advance their knowledge and skills through staff development.
Staff Development Goals
- All DISD professional staff will be given opportunities to attend high quality professional development.
- DISD will implement staff development for the purpose of increasing student achievement in the major content areas and closing the achievement gap for all student populations.
- DISD professional staff will learn how to use assessment data to revise teaching practices in order to improve student learning.
- DISD will encourage collaboration among teaching colleagues to strengthen their knowledge and skills for the complex challenges of teaching.
- DISD will maintain a local file and database of professional development activities in which staff members have participated.
- DISD will monitor professional development needs within the district using multiple sources of data.
- DISD professional staff will transfer the skills learned in staff development into classroom practice.