Professional Development

  • Introduction

    Professional development is an essential component of the growth and success of any school community. For principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals, ongoing professional development is critical to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in their respective fields. By participating in professional development opportunities, educators can enhance their instructional practices, deepen their content knowledge, and learn new strategies to support student learning and achievement. Additionally, professional development can help educators stay motivated and engaged, providing opportunities for reflection and collaboration with colleagues. For school leaders, professional development can also help to foster a positive school culture and strengthen their leadership skills, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes. In a constantly changing educational landscape, ongoing professional development is essential to ensuring that educators are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to support the diverse needs of their students and create a positive, productive learning environment.

Principals

  • We are committed to providing principals with the professional development opportunities they need to effectively lead their schools. To support instructional leadership, we partner with leading education organizations such as Dignity Consulting, Corwin, and the Association of Washington School Principals to provide regular trainings and collaboration opportunities. Our Director of Assessment provides support with data literacy and analysis to help principals use data to inform instructional leadership decisions. We also provide training in equity and inclusion to support principals in creating positive school climates where every student feels a sense of belonging. Through these partnerships and ongoing professional learning opportunities, we aim to provide our principals with the tools and resources they need to create positive, inclusive learning environments that promotes academic excellence and prepare all students for high levels of achievement.  

Mentoring for New Teachers

  • The Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) supports novice educators in Washington through comprehensive induction. The goal of the program is to support and retain beginning educators to ensure equitable access to high-quality education for every student in Washington. When we set up our novice teachers for success, we set up their students for success.

    OSPI Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) Website

Teachers/Certificated Staff

  • Certificated staff are offered training in core curriculum, the Marzano instructional framework, and district and building initiatives. In addition, new teachers are offered mentorship and professional learning opportunities to support their growth as early career educators. All teachers have access to ongoing  instructional coaching support from our district instructional coaches. 

    YCS teachers engage in weekly professional learning communities (PLC) to monitor student progress and adapt instruction to meet student needs. The PLC process is outlined in the book PLC+ which defines 5 focus questions for professional learning communities:

    1. Where are we going? (What do we want students to learn?)
    2. Where are we now? (What do students know already?)
    3. How do we move learning forward?
    4. What did we learn today?
    5. Who benefited and who did not benefit?

    OSL offers teachers and building leaders ongoing professional development opportunities and support resources for implementing PLC following the PLC+ framework.

Paraprofessionals/Classified Staff

  • Paraprofessionals are provided with training on the Fundamental Course of Study outlined by the state of Washington. In addition, paraprofessionals are provided with training sessions related directly to their job assignments and district initiatives twice a year during building half days. Many district and building trainings including curriculum and instruction training include both certificated and classified staff, according to their assignments.