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

 


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  • June 2017
    • TueJun27 Board of Education Meeting CANCELLED 7:00 PMCANCELLED
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Link to LIVE video stream of Wethersfield High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony beginning at 6pm tonight - June 16th. Please click for more.
This is Mr. Moore the Principal at Wethersfield High School. As you are aware, we always plan an alternative location for graduation in the event of impending inclement weather. With that thought in mind we have decided to move the 2017 WHS exercises indoors. The ceremony will take place in Gym A and a closed circuit television feed will be available in the auditorium. The event will be streamed live. There will be a link to the streaming placed on the district website and on the WHS Activities Facebook page. Doors to the school will open at 5:00 pm and graduating seniors are asked to assemble in Gym B by 5:30 pm. There will be no motorcade. Please click for more.
A rite of passage in fifth grade is an annual field trip to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. Charles Wright fifth graders stepped back in time on June 9th, learning about textiles, and printing and cooking in colonial times. Students toured the village, interacting with residents who shared their experiences as Americans in the 19th century. Please click for more.
Silas Deane Middle School's Charlene Maddock has been selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the Wethersfield Public Schools. Please click for more.

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127 Hartford Avenue
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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