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.

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District Calendar View all events
  • June 2018
    • TueJun26 Committee Meeting - Finance & Information Town Hall
  • August 2018
    • TueAug28 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
  • September 2018
    • TueSep11 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
District News view all news
June 22, 2018 - Wethersfield Cove, Connecticut - June 22, 2018 - Congratulations Class of 2018!
It is with great excitement that Central Office is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year and Paraeducator of the Year. Jennifer Lizee-Hammer, Literacy Curriculum Specialist at Webb and Emerson-Williams Schools and Pat Mahder, Para Educator at Hanmer School were surprised with this great honor today!
Say Hello to Summer Adventures at Camp Pyquag! Summer camp will be at Hanmer Elementary from June 25th - August 24th. Click to read more...
Help the Wethersfield Physical Services Department fill a Public Works Truck! Accepting Non-perishable Items at Stop & Shop on May 20th. Click to read more...

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Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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