Township of Union Public Schools

Township of Union Public Schools

Personalized Professional Development

2020-2021

 

District-Wide Professional Goals

  • Cultural Competence: Training for all district staff. 

  • High Quality Virtual Teaching and Learning: Data driven and student outcomes.

 

 
School/Building Based Professional Development
 
 
Battle Hill Elementary School
  • Build capacity of all educators to increase their knowledge of High Quality virtual Teaching and Learning that is data driven.
  • Build capacity of all educators to increase their knowledge of the impact of having cultural competence and its effects on students.

Connecticut Farms Elementary School
  • Cultural Competency
  • High Quality Virtual Learning

Franklin Elementary School
  • Build cultural competence with the staff by creating the foundational components necessary to deliver culturally responsive teaching, so FES can address the academic needs of students who come from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • High Quality Virtual Teaching and Learning: Data driven and student outcomes.

Hannah Caldwell Elementary School
  • To engage and commit our staff to the best teaching practices regarding cultural differences and any sensitivities that are inherent.
  • Increase the quality of virtual teaching and learning to maximize student academic growth.

Washington Elementary School
  • To enhance virtual learning strategies, and best practices, for all remote learning (synchronous and asynchronous), especially in regards to our two new curricular programs in science (grades 3 & 4) and social studies (grades 1 - 4).
  • To engage and sensitize our staff to the best teaching practices regarding cultural differences and sensitivities.

Livingston Elementary School
  • To enhance virtual learning strategies, and best practices, for all remote learning (synchronous and asynchronous), especially in regards to our two new curricular programs in science (grades 3 & 4) and social studies (grades 1 - 4).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and utilize strategies and resources to instill cultural competence as a life-long learning process: Cultural competence goes beyond awareness about various cultures. It is important to develop cultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills across the curriculum that fosters continuous cultural competence development.

Jefferson Elementary School
  • To develop the teachers’ capacity with regards to engaging the students in learning

Burnet Middle School
  • Develop a culture of learning and implementation of effective PLCs with fidelity. By focusing on learning, instruction and reflection on effective practices, teams will engage in collaboration resulting in increased student learning.
  • Integrate positive behavioral supports (PBSIS), restorative practices, social and emotional competencies, and promote culturally responsive teaching into our school wide practices and procedures.
  • Develop a proficiency and an application of best practices and instructional techniques related to synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning.

Kawameeh Middle School
  • Enable teachers to modify instructional practices through effective PLC’s to meet the individual needs of their students while developing a proficiency and an application of best practices and instructional techniques related to synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning.
  • Educate staff members on the implementation of a building wide PBSIS system of supports to develop building wide supports and recognition for our students.
  • Integrate positive behavioral supports (PBSIS), restorative practices, social and emotional competencies, and promote culturally responsive teaching into our school wide practices and procedures.

Union High School
  • Family Outreach
  • Cultural Equity & Responsiveness
  • Social & Emotional Learning
 
Departmental Professional Development
 
 
Preschool 
  • As the Preschool department, we will continue to further implement the pyramid model to promote students' social and emotional development. The framework will be further integrated through collaboration, family engagement, and data driven decisions.
 
ELA and Social Studies : Elementary
  • Evaluate curriculum and embed activities to create equitable learning opportunities that enable all students to achieve their full potential as learners
  • Continue to build on best practices to increase student engagement
 
ELA : Secondary
  • Evaluate and take action to create curriculum that embraces a standards-forward approach and learning experiences based on student interest and need through the Connected Action Roadmap
  • Evaluate curriculum and make changes to lessons, materials, and assessment to be more inclusive and representative of the student population, including focused growth in the area of facilitating inquiry-based discussion on topics related to social justice (race, wealth, language, citizenship, climate, LGBTQ+ issues, etc.)
 
 Social Studies : Secondary
  • Best practices in online teaching & learning
 
Math and Science : Elementary
  • Develop advanced questioning and discussion techniques to focus on high-level analysis
  • Implementing standard-based instruction through Connected Action Roadmap a (strategic and collaborative approach that connects standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning in a school culture that promotes an ongoing process of reflection on and growth in student learning)
  • STEM/ project-based learning to foster a lifelong love of learning where teamwork, collaboration and communication is a major focus. 
 
Math : Secondary
  • Implementing standard-based instruction through Connected Action Roadmap a (strategic and collaborative approach that connects standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning in a school culture that promotes an ongoing process of reflection on and growth in student learning)
  • Teaching Strategies for Synchronous/Asynchronous instruction as it relates to the mathematics classroom.
 
Science : Secondary
  • Develop advanced questioning and discussion techniques to focus on high-level analysis and student engagement 
 
World Languages
  • To develop students’ ability to communicate in the target language and  understand the culture of the target language.
  • Moving instruction to be more student centered
  • Explore new approaches and theories to teaching a foreign language
 
ESL
  • Continue to develop strategies for community outreach
  • Continue to learn and implement trending laws and state mandates regarding ESL students
  • Evaluate curriculum and embed activities to create equitable learning opportunities that enable all students to achieve their full potential as learners
 
 Special Education
  • Strategies to support students' Social Emotional Learning skills and the application of these skills to support classroom learning
 
Physical Education
  • Techniques and best practices related to classroom management and learning environment structure
 
Technology
  • Adjust our focus from computer applications to a blended curriculum of computer applications, computer science, and basic engineering.

Gifted and Talented
  • Evaluate curriculum and criteria to redesign lessons, projects, and entry criteria that embraces our districts diversity and is more inclusive of our entire population.
 
 Business : Secondary
  • Best practices in online teaching & learning
 
Career Ed : Secondary
  • Meet to discuss and develop new programs for Perkins and to merge life skills and training into curriculum.
 
Visual and Performing Arts
  • Exploration of the Creative Process and the development of PBL Lessons to improve student creativity in the Arts’
  • Motivating student artists in a Virtual, Visual world.
  • Methods by which to Improve student participation in the Arts’.
 
Athletics
  • Developing and implementing strategies to increase parent and student participation in athletic programs
 
Nursing
  • Increasing parent communications and contact related to student wellness
 
School Counseling
  • Developing proficiency in and application of best practices, counseling, and instructional techniques related to addressing student needs throughout the virtual/hybrid platform.  These practices will be evident in counselor meetings, structured in-class/virtual opportunities, with the goal of increasing student engagement and achievement, and making counseling resources accessible in the virtual landscape.
 
Library/Media Specialists
  • The librarians/media specialist department will advance the district's Comprehensive Equity Plan to provide equity in media center programs and resources that allow students to engage thoughtfully with people and ideas representing a diversity of "race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, ability, immigration status, English proficiency, housing status or socioeconomic status."