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Professional Development

 

The goal above is achieved by the analysis of current research in the field of Professional Development (PD).  The Zachary Community School District (ZCSD) utilizes research-based best practices to plan for effective professional development opportunities in our district to impact student learning.  A variety of PD models is utilized to accomplish this goal.  Job-embedded as well as teacher selected times are designed for PD training sessions which are ongoing, interactive and linked to student achievement.  We utilize peer coaches, mentors, demonstrations of practice, feedback on performance, coaching, online collaboration, professional communities and expert consultants noted in their fields of study.  Teachers are also encouraged and given the opportunity to reflect on the impact the PD has on instruction throughout the implementation and modification phase.  Throughout the implementation and follow-up components of the PD, teachers analyze the impact on student learning and decide how to make modifications and improvements on instruction.  This makes a lasting and positive impact on the educator’s performance as well as the student’s academic success.  The teachers not have ownership which is key to creating a sustained change.  Many of our teachers have presented at local and state conferences.  These same teachers then redeliver PD for teachers new to our district.  Our PD opportunities are infused with best practices for students including critical and creative thinking skills and differentiation for learners.

 
Modes of Professional Development
  • Individual reading/research
  • Study groups
  • Observation:  teachers observing other teachers
  • Coaching: an experienced educator coaching one or more colleagues
  • Mentoring: new teachers receive support from experienced educators
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Online courses
  • Department meetings:  Introduce content specific topics
  • Conferences

Resources

Zachary Induction Program
National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
LDE Coursewhere Registration
National Board Certification
Online Transcripts
Education Assistance Form

Contact Us

3755 Church Street
Zachary, LA 70791
Phone: 225.658.4969
Fax: 225.658.5261
Substitute System: 225.570.1182
Twitter: @zacharyschools
email: webmaster@zacharyschools.org
Dr. Longmire, Title IX Contact 225.658.4969
Mr. John Musso, ADA Contact 225.658.4969
Mrs. Aeneid Mason, 504 Contact 225.658.4969
Child Protection Services: 1.855.452.5437

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