Bourne Public Schools is committed to ensuring all educators continue with their own learning aligned with the standards below. A Professional Development Team consisting of educators representing every building and level meets monthly to plan the three annual in-service days and discuss ongoing professional development needs in the district. There are also a number of Professional Learning Communities in the district and in each building that provide staff with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another.
Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development
- PD has clear goals and objectives relevant to desired student outcomes.
- PD aligns with state, district, school, and/or educator goals or priorities.
- PD is designed based on an analysis of data relevant to the identified goals, objectives, and audience.
- PD is assessed to ensure that it is meeting the targeted goals and objectives.
- PD promotes collaboration among educators to encourage sharing of ideas and working together to achieve the identified goals and objectives.
- PD advances an educator's ability to apply learning from the professional development to his or her particular content and/or practice.
- PD models good pedagogical practice and applies knowledge of adult learning theory to engage educators.
- PD makes use of relevant resources to ensure that the identified goals and objectives are met.
- PD is taught or facilitated by a professional who is knowledgeable about the identified objectives.
- PD sessions connect and build upon each other to provide a coherent and useful learning experience for educators.
Professional development is intentional, is a process, is evaluated for effectiveness, and requires strong leadership.
Professional Development Team Goals
- Based on staff feedback and needs, have ongoing programs that update the staff on current research, techniques, and trends in education and which transfer into sound practice.
- Create learning opportunities for staff that are aligned with learning standards and contribute to measurable student achievement.
- Plan professional development days which align with state, district, school, and educator goals and advance staff ability to apply learning to their practice.