Professional Development

Too many professional development initiatives are done to teachers – not for, with or by them. Andy Hargreaves

The goal of RSU 21 is to support teachers with sustained, high quality opportunities for professional growth. Effective teaching is the result of study, reflection, practice, and hard work. Professional development provides ongoing opportunity for educators to improve their knowledge and skills so they can help students achieve. High quality professional development should meet the needs of the district as detailed through the goals of the newly developed 2016-2021 Strategic Plan; the needs of the schools as evidenced by both formal and informal assessment measures; and the needs of teachers as evidenced through survey and evaluation data.

There are multiple opportunities for professional development that include:

  • Weekly late start Wednesdays for staff in grades 6-12 that allow teachers to participate in training, discuss practice, share craft knowledge, and set specific goals for student achievement

  • Monthly early release Wednesdays for staff in grades K-5 that focus on a variety of educational topics and allow teachers to learn new techniques and curriculum, and collaborate and reflect on practice

  • Leadership opportunities through K-12 teams and district committees

  • Tuition reimbursement support for advanced studies

  • Workshops sponsored by outside agencies

  • New Professional Staff Orientation Program

  • Mentoring and induction program for new teachers

  • Integration of 21st century skills into curriculum, instruction, and assessment

  • Danielson Framework for Teaching

  • STEM workshops

  • Professional Learning Communities in all schools

  • Data analysis of NWEA, AIMSweb

  • Response to Intervention

  • International Baccalaureate

  • Technology Integration

  • Safety Care Training

  • Positive behavioral supports

  • Everyday Math-4

  • Reading Street

  • Teaching literacy across the disciplines

  • Ongoing curriculum development and revision


RSU 21 is posting this information as one way to fulfill our obligations under the “Parents’ Right to Know” requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Under these requirements, teachers in schools receiving Title I funds must meet general qualifications as well as the specific requirements of the subject they are teaching.

This means we will be informing parents whenever a teacher who does not yet meet the new federal definition known as “Highly Qualified” teaches a child for four consecutive weeks.

Maine has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely proud of our teaching staff. We work hard to assure that every class has a teacher with the appropriate background, experience and credentials for his or her current teaching assignment.

Please contact the Assistant Superintendent of Schools if you have questions or would like further information.



  Dr. Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.D Assistant Superintendent of Schools  177 Alewive Road Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-985-1100


Dr. Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Schools 
177 Alewive Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043