2112 - Professional Development

Policy 2112


Professional Development

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of professional development opportunities for new and experienced administrators.  Administrators should provide positive role models for other staff and students by adopting the dual roles of teacher and learner. Formal acknowledgment of the importance of these reciprocal roles and responsibilities will lead to sustained professional growth and learning among administrative staff, which will, in turn, benefit the school community.

A philosophy that promotes continued learning for all educators should permeate professional development programs and practices. The philosophy should specifically support different learning needs, based on experience, and an investment in the professional growth of future school leaders: 
1.  Innovative programs should be developed and established for teachers who aspire to administrative positions. 
2.  For new administrators, a comprehensive orientation program should include broad based exposure to district practices and resources,
     provision of mentor support from experienced administrators, and development of an individualized professional growth plan that targets
     priority learning needs. 
3.  For experienced administrators, flexible professional development opportunities should be entertained, allowing for career advancement
     support and long term areas of professional pursuit.

All administrators should be exposed to professional growth opportunities and educational practices that address ways to foster excellence, diversity and equity in the school community. 

Policy adopted:July 30, 2015    
NEWTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Newtown, Connecticut
Inspiring Each Student to Excel

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