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
  • February 2018
    • ThuFeb22 Special Board of Education Meeting 6:30 PMStillman
    • TueFeb27 Committee Meeting - Finance & Information 6:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedFeb28 Committee Meeting - Wellness 6:00 PMStillman Building
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Special Board of Education Meeting 6:30 PMStillman
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Wethersfield High School Drama proudly presents the classic Broadway hit FIDDLER ON THE ROOF March 9 & 10, 7:30 PM March 11, 2 PM Please click for more information
Please take a few moments to review the plan, and complete this brief anonymous survey. Thank you very much.
Wethersfield Parents, Guardians and Community Members - Please join us in a conversation with Mr. Rais Bhuiyan. His tale of empathy and kindness in the face of hate and personal attack will inspire. Rais will also be joining SDMS students and families for the day on January 22. 2018 to share his story and life's journey.
The Wethersfield Public Schools are seeking children three years of age as of October 1, 2018 to participate in the Wethersfield Preschool Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Please click for more information.

Wethersfield Public Schools

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

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