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Philosophical Framework for Professional Development

A quality professional development program is essential for building capacity within schools so there is high competency and high commitment among professional staff to the core work of teaching, learning, and continuous improvement. Schools with high competency and commitment levels embrace the concept of professional learning communities as a philosophy and process to establish a collaborative culture with a focus on student achievement. Effective professional learning efforts include high-quality ongoing development with intensive follow­ up and support. In addition, the most effective professional learning models incorporate processes that are research-based and designed to engage adult learners.

Professional development in the district is defined as a process that fosters personal and professional growth for individuals within a respectful, supportive, and positive organizational climate. The overarching goal for our professional development is to increase student learning and develop the responsibility to be a continual learner. This goal can best be accomplished by all stakeholders working together in partnerships to create a quality environment for learning.

Professional development refers to a systematically planned, comprehensive set of ongoing professional growth opportunities offered to achieve specific district wide, school and department improvement objectives. Teachers are afforded multiple opportunities for targeted professional growth encompassing topics based on teacher needs, data analysis, and student success.

The comprehensive plan is built around four major focus areas: written curriculum, instructional delivery, assessment and organizational growth. In Bryan ISD Professional Development should focus on improving Tier 1 Instruction with an emphasis on working with students of poverty as this reflects a large majority of the students. Building capacity of our leaders is essential in developing their understanding for meeting the needs of the learners of poverty.