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Professional Development Update

The Professional Development (PD) and Evaluations Department handles the tracking of all inservice points that employees earn for participating in learning opportunities. They monitor and assist in the organization and facilitation of all District learning opportunities, ensuring that sessions are input properly into BusinessPlus. They review any submissions for inservice provided by outside organizations to ensure that they meet the guidelines of the State and of the SJCSD Master Inservice Plan, and review both college transcripts and requests to transfer inservice records from previous work locations. Additionally, the PD/Evaluations Department oversees the add-on endorsement programs approved by the State that allow St. Johns County Teachers to earn Endorsements in both ESOL and Reading at no cost. For Evaluations, the Department is responsible for the annual approval of the Instructional Employee Evaluation System from FLDOE, training all Instructional personnel in the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model, and for training all District Evaluators in the process of providing ongoing feedback that ultimately results in the Teacher Performance Score on the Summative Teacher Evaluation.

Professional Development Update – January 2018

The St. Johns County School District kicked off the New Year with a Leadership Day held for all school-based administrators and district personnel on January 5. The district’s focus this year is on Professional Learning Communities (PLC). We were pleased to have Dr. Eric Twadell, Superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, as a guest speaker. Adlai E. Stevenson High School has been cited as one of America’s top high schools and the birthplace of “Professional Learning Communities at Work.” The day was spent learning from Dr. Twadell’s experiences as well as having some of our own administrators share their PLC journey in their schools.

Our next teacher in-service day for is scheduled for Monday, January 29. With over 102 sessions being offered, it will be a day of learning and growing for our teachers as they focus on strategies and techniques to enhance classroom instruction. Teachers will receive training at their schools as they continue their work on PLCs. The afternoon sessions are focused on content areas to help teachers take a deeper dive into their instruction.

The next teacher planning day, Friday, March 16, will be an in-service day for all non-instructional support personnel. Workshops will include Work Place Communication and Team Building, Managing Difficult People, Pitfalls of Social Media, Positivity, AHA Heartsaver CPR/First Aid, WordPress, eSchool Plus 101, Basic Classroom Instructional Technology, Student Engagement Strategies to Support Classroom Instruction, PLC Relevance for Non-Instructional Personnel, Effective Methods of Managing Student Behavior and CHARACTER COUNTS! It will be a great day of learning for all of our support personnel.