Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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learning, student outcomes
This Professional Development Plan for the City
School District of Albany describes a vision for adult learning that is
collaborative, continuous, embedded in daily practice and focused on
student achievement. We seek to create a system that is sustainable,
feasible and responsive to current student and teacher need. These needs
are determined by data, annual building and district reviews and staff
The ultimate goal of the plan is to improve student
achievement. In addition to this primary goal, the plan aims to increase
our knowledge and understanding of best practices, incorporate new and
innovative practices, retain new educators and meet the NYSED
requirements for professional development.
The plan integrates the goals of the district’s multi-year planning
process with the goals that the State Education Department has
identified as core elements of professional practice. It acknowledges
the district’s mission and vision with the NYS Professional Development
September 2018-June 2020
Goal #1: Learning Standards
Align program practices to NYS Learning Standards,
inclusive of the transition from the Common Core Learning Standards to
the new Next Generation Learning Standards in Math and ELA, and provide
additional guidance on the implementation of Learning Standards for
English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with Disabilities (SWDs).
Objective 1.1: Train instructional leaders
and faculty in all frameworks, practices and requirements of NYS
Learning Standards, inclusive of the Next Generation Learning Standards
in ELA and Math, and provide additional guidance on the implementation
of the Standards with English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with
Goal #2: Instructional Practices
Ensure that all district professional staff develop
the skills, knowledge and strategies to effectively implement curriculum
and best instructional practices for all students, inclusive of English
Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with Disabilities (SWDs).
Objective 2.1: Promote literacy
development K-12 and in all content areas, inclusive of English Language
Learners and Students with Disabilities.
Objective 2.2: Content Area Development:
Provide opportunities for staff to enhance their content knowledge and
learn appropriate instructional strategies/best practices in respective
disciplines, inclusive of English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students
with Disabilities (SWDs).
Objective 2.3: Data Driven Instruction:
Provide ongoing training and support for the use of data-driven
protocols to guide instructional decision making at the classroom, grade
and building levels, inclusive of English Language Learners (ELLs) and
Students with Disabilities (SWDs).
Goal #3: Provide a safe, respectful and
responsible school and district community.
Objective 3.1a.: Provide targeted
professional development to all K-12 staff on PBIS (Positive Behavior
Intervention System) evidenced based implementation practices with high
Objective 3.1b: Provide targeted
professional development and support to PBIS coaches, teams and leaders
to ensure full implementation of PBIS.
Objective 3.2: Provide targeted
professional development to all K-12 administrative and pupil personnel
support staff to create, document and utilize effective best practices
(conflict resolution, restorative justice) addressing student social,
emotional and behavioral challenges.
Objective 3.3: Provide targeted
professional development in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools
(TCIS) and TCIS Recertification.
Objective 3.4: Provide targeted
professional development to all K-12 staff on the Code of Conduct to
ensure district staff members have the information they need to support
a safe and respectful environment.
Objective 3.5: Provide targeted to K-12
staff on culturally responsive practices to ensure district staff
members have the resources they need to promote an educational
environment attentive to the cultural diversity of all students.