Professional Development

The purpose of professional development is to improve student learning by building the instructional capacity and supporting the training needs of all staff to meet the goals and objectives of the District and School Improvement Plans.

The District’s Goal for Professional Development

The District’s goal for professional development is to focus on core content for the purpose of collaboration among professionals with an emphasis on recruiting, supporting and retaining new teachers and continuing to participate in state/region minority recruitment efforts. 

Based on research from the National Staff Development Council and the University of Pittsburgh, Wethersfield’s Professional Development Model is results-based, standards-based and job-embedded with the following characteristics:

  • Provides teachers with opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to meet the needs of individual students.

  • Is aligned with state standards and district/school goals.

  • Is based on the analysis of student achievement data to determine needs and next steps.

  • Is rooted in the content to be taught, and uses actual curricular materials.

  • Occurs as close to the classroom as possible.

  • Models approaches to instruction.

  • Engages teachers in the processes in which they will engage students.

  • Has consistency of focus, building on previous learning and going deeper.

  • Is distributed over time, deepening the learning and reflection.

  • Includes both transformative and additive professional development.

  • Is resourced and supported by the district and schools leadership.

  • Is planned and implemented for all educators based on the PLC model that all professionals are learners.

Protraxx Help Guides

Professional Development Activity Proposal Request

Educational Resources Online

 


District Calendar View all events
  • October 2017
    • TueOct17 Special Board of Education Meeting 5:00 PMStillman, Lower Level Meeting Room
    • TueOct17 Special Board of Education Meeting 5:00 PMStillman
    • TueOct24 Finance Committee Meeting 6:00 PMTown Hall
  • November 2017
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Students in Mrs. Cookson's 4th grade class have been working to read "with their noses in the book" and notice details about their characters in order to develop an interpretation. This week they applied these new strategies to closely read and interpret photographs. Please click for more.
Webb Students, Staff, and Parents come together for Walk to School Day! Thank you to all our families that were able to join us and to Mr. John Morris and Mrs. Elaine Paradise from the Board of Education for walking with us!
WHS Students Helping Puerto Rico
Fifth graders from Charles Wright had their first grade level PBIS celebration of positive behaviors. Students earned their way into this friendly game by demonstrating Charles Wright PRIDE - the promise to be respectful, independent, dependable and engaged. Students enjoyed an afternoon game of kickball, building camaraderie and celebrating good behavior choices.

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Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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