The Professional Learning Program
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The Professional Learning Program 2017-2018
Fauquier County Public Schools has a long tradition of providing exemplary and differentiated professional development experiences for its staff members. Three principles undergird the FCPS professional development program:
- Professional development is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The program seeks to give a variety of learning opportunities for educators in a variety of venues with an overarching emphasis on good, solid instructional practice.
- Examining one’s practice (through learning and reflection) should be an on-going annual task—not simply during one’s license renewal year. We must be committed to “walking in our students’ shoes” as learners on an annual basis to insure we never forget what it’s like to process a new thought, share frustrations and successes with a colleague, collaborate to produce a product, or read a book or article for information and understanding.
- Professional development should encourage and facilitate a sustained focus on job-related issues and learning. Admittedly, some of our professional development opportunities do a better job of this than others. Among the best opportunities will be school-based sessions during contract-time teachers which will focus on student learning: lesson study, sharing lessons, and looking at student work and other data. Second, the division offers series, courses, and reading opportunities that extend for a semester or year. These provide teachers and administrators time to think through and discuss topics that affect their work and student learning. Finally, many of the one-time workshops, if presented and implemented well, will provide a springboard for further study and learning.
Professional Development Details for 2017-18
The professional development program includes the following features—some of them new:
- Teachers must complete the equivalent of two days of professional development.
- The Effective Instruction Consortium offered free through Lord Fairfax Community College will start in June and run through July. Featured presenters are Leonard Sax – a national expert on gender in learning; Dr. Shannon King on Performance Based Assessments; Laura Robb with Writing Lessons; Mark Ingerson presents on Classroom Management, and so much more!
- January 2nd and 3rd, 2018 will be a combination of teacher work days and division wide or school in-service days
- University courses are available on-site this year, and teachers and administrators are eligible to receive full tuition (paid up-front) if they enroll in these courses. Information about the options will be e-mailed to teachers.
- At teachers’ request, we have increased online professional development options.
- Finally, several workshops will be required of some teacher groups as follows:
- For CTE: active certification in CPR and First Aid
- For Science 6-12: active certification in Flinn Science Lab Safety
- For New Special Education Teachers: IEP Writing and Progress Monitoring Training
- For New Teachers:
- New Teacher Orientation on August 8, 2017.
- Complete TSIPS and Digital Life (Internet Safety) in first year
- For all teachers hired or renewing licensure after 7/1/2017: Hands On CPR, AED, and First Aid training
- For teachers endorsed to teach (i) middle school civics or economics or (ii) high school government or history and are hired or renewing licensure after 7/1/2014: Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
- Effective July 1, 2017, every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by the Virginia Department of Education, on the indicators of dyslexia. A free online tutorial will be available in the spring.