Professional Development Update

Professional Development Update
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As a result of the annual faculty professional development survey in February of 2017, the Pascack Valley Regional High School District found that more sustained, ongoing, professional development for the majority of faculty was needed in order to have greater movement towards a common mindset and resulting practices.  This reflects district board goal #4: "Create a roadmap for the infusion of needed next-generation technology and/or instructional methodologies."

The Professional Development Committee is comprised of Pascack Hills science teacher Dr. David Frangiosa, Pascack Hills social studies teacher Ms. Katie Mahaffey, Pascack Hills math teacher Ms. Charleen Schwartzman, Pascack Valley math teacher Ms. Christina Rossi, Pascack Valley English teacher Mr. Casey Gotliffe, Pascack Valley PE/Health teacher Mr. Tom Gallione, Pascack Valley science teacher Mr. Borislaw Bilash, Pascack Hills science teacher Ms. Elise Burns, and district Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Barry Bachenheimer.  The committee met multiple times over the span of several months formulating this plan in conjunction with administration to create a common professional development theme for the year: Improving Student Engagement for Learning.

Faculty have selected their own “learning cohorts” either by department or by topic.  They have remained in that learning cohort for the entire year.  In the summer of 2017 they established a learning goal for the year and  all development and training activities during the 2017-18 school year, including Columbus Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and the three student late arrival days (the most recent being February 14) have supported that learning goal.  Examples of ways faculty are using their time have included designing assessments, looking at student work, creating new units, engaging in research or action research, viewing professional media, conducting professional book clubs, modeling lessons for peers, creating larger scale projects, and more!  

All group work has been documented and the results of the work will be shared as part of a faculty showcase in June 2018.  

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