Westonka Staff Development

  • The staff development provided to teachers is driven by Goal 1 of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan: personalize learning to improve student achievement across all levels E-12. The goal includes the following components:

    1. Maintain safe, healthy, supportive and welcoming learning environments focused on inspiring and engaging students
    2. Implement district frameworks—Professional Learning Communities, the Edge21 Technology Plan and the 21st century college/career readiness plan—to facilitate school improvement
    3. Personalize instruction for each student, maximizing interests and abilities and creating ownership and independence
    4. Offer high-quality, competitive educational, extracurricular and community programming
    5. Effectively use assessments and data to ensure student preparation and success in higher education

    To address the Strategic Goal 1 components, staff development is provided to staff through different activities and methods. Staff development activities include the following:

    • Workshop days led by principals and teacher leaders on specific topics, including literacy, grading, social-emotional learning, and technology integration
    • Academic 1-to-1 coaching on instructional strategies
    • The use of grade level/department time to address building student achievement goal(s)

    These activities are planned by our district teaching and learning team, principals and building teacher leadership teams.