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Rationale for Conference Funds 2011-2012

  • Charlton Heights -- The Building Council decided that the funds will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Conferences will need to be related to our SMART goals. It was also decided that one person on a team would attend and then that person could be a turn-key trainer for their grade level at team meetings or, if it could benefit the whole school, the person could train others at staff meetings or SD half days.
  • Pashley -- The funds allocated for staff members to attend professional development workshops and conferences will be distributed to teachers who are interested in attending a workshop or conference related to curriculum or district goals and initiatives. Due to the limited amount of funding, staff members’ names will rotate through a list. The top ten teachers will receive priority to attend a conference or workshop. Other staff members who wish to attend a conference or workshop can request to attend. If funding is available, then that staff member will be permitted to attend.


  • Common Core State Standards
    • Common Core State Standards initiative -- The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
    • What Common Core State Standards are -- and aren't (Washington post, June 2010)
  • Professional Development Plan (Commissioner's Regulation 100.2(dd)) -- Annually by September 1st of each school year, each school district shall adopt a professional development plan. The purpose of the plan shall be to improve the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that teachers participate in substantial professional development in order that they remain current with their profession and meet the learning needs of their students.