District Professional Development Plan for the 2017-18 school year:


    As educators within the Verona Public Schools, our overarching goal is to continue to refine our classroom instruction and our professional practice in order to keep pace with the evolving expectations of the 21st century.   Toward that end, we have established a framework for professional development that fosters the growth of professional learning communities within our schools.  


    A snapshot at our professional development for the 2017-18 school year is below:  



    September 5

    Kickoff, celebrate teaching, faculty meetings, teachers set up classrooms

    September 29

    (full day)

    Department PD topics, Student Growth Objective work with pre-tests, analyzing data, ...

    October 9

    Student Growth Objectives

    October 31

    Teachers will finalize Student Growth Objectives with their supervisors and principals and will upload into iObservation

    November 7

    Dyslexia Training - Elementary; Mental Health Training - HBW & VHS

    February 15

    Teacher Differentiated PD, Department PD topics, etc.

    March 20

    Vertical Articulation, SGO work, Reading/Writing Workshop K-4

    April 13

    PARCC Training

    June 7

    Develop 2018-19 Individual Professional Development Plans


    The district has also established a framework for monthly grade level and department meetings to foster collaboration across buildings.  The focus of these meetings will include such topics as:
    • Student test data analysis
    • Developing Student Growth Objectives
    • Reviewing, developing, and creating rigorous common assessments
    • Vertical alignment of curriculum
    • Development of collaborative units of study utilizing the UbD framework.

    The goal of all of the aforementioned professional development initiatives is to enhance teaching and learning within the Verona Public Schools.