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
Professional Learning Communities in all schools
Data analysis of NWEA, AIMSweb
Response to Intervention
Safety Care Training
Positive behavioral supports
Teaching literacy across the disciplines
Ongoing curriculum development and revision
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
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.