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Professional Learning

On-going professional learning for our staff is extremeley important to guarantee effective practices throughout the district.  Professional Learning for our staff comes in various different forms and structures. 

Early-Dismissal Wednesday

The main source of professional learning comes from early-dismissal Wednesdays.  On those Wednesdays teachers engage in various learning activities including meeting with their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) on a regular basis.  The structure for early-out Wednesdays for the 2018-2019 school year will be as follows:

  1st Hour 2nd Hour
1st Wednesday District Level PD PLC
2nd Wednesday Buiding Level PD PLC
3rd Wednesday PLC Vertical Teams
4th Wednesday PLC PLC

For more information on each of these activities, click on the links in the chart.

Professional Learning/Data Days

At various points throughout the year, teachers meet to engage in professional learning as an entire staff or district.  During the 2018-2019 school year those dates and topics are as follows:

  • September 21 - Data/Professional Learning Day (school focus)
  • October 23 - Professional Learning Day (Mike Mattos on MTSS)
  • January 21 - Professional Learning Day (Rick Wormeli on Grading Practices)
  • February 15 - Data/Professional Learning Day (school focus)

Mentoring and Induction Program

Each teacher new to Oskaloosa School District engages in a Mentoring and Induction program.  New-to-the-profession teachers are provided a mentor and are involved in a two year learning process that focuses on the Iowa Teacher Standards and district priorities.  

Overview of Mentoring and Induction Program

Individual Improvement Growth and Goals

Every year, each teacher creates an Individual Improvement Goal and accompanying action plan.  This goal is focused on an area of interest for the teacher and aligned with the building level goals.  Throughout the year, the teacher work on this goal, meets with their administrator to reflect on progress, and implements new learnings into their classroom.