Professional Learning - Individual

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT  FOR TEACHERS IN REGINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In order to meet the challenges of a complex and constantly evolving world, it is important that teachers engage in ongoing professional learning. Teachers will participate and be encouraged to engage in professional learning opportunities which promote professional growth and development.  Professional learning opportunities must be consistent with the requirements of the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, The Education Act, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, and Regina Public Schools.
 

STATEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING VALUES AND BELIEFS:

Regina Public Schools values and believes professional learning is:

  • Connected to student learning
  • Aligned with provincial, division, and school goals, priorities, and initiatives
  • Focused on and embedded in practice
  • Informed by best available research on effective teaching and learning as well as adult learning
  • Collaborative involving reflection, vision, and feedback both within and beyond the school and division
  • Evidence-based and data-driven to guide improvement
  • Ongoing, supported, and integrated into individual, school, and division culture and practice
  • Individual and collective responsibility and accountability throughout the system
  • Supportive of and encourages leadership

Adapted from Professional Learning in Effective Schools by The Department of Education and Training, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2005)
 

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT  

Teachers will participate in professional learning opportunities, as an individual, team or professional learning community, and/or as a collective, which promote professional growth and development that connects to student learning and aligns with:

  • Provincial goals, priorities and initiatives ~ Education Sector Strategic Plan
  • Division goals, priorities and initiatives ~ Regina Public Schools Strategic Plan
  • School goals, priorities and initiatives
  • Personal professional goals
     

PROCESS

The teacher’s Professional Learning Plan is to be completed and recorded individually. However, this information can be developed and, in turn, reviewed, discussed, and reflected upon with a school-based leader individually or collaboratively as a team or professional learning community.

Note that teacher, team, or professional learning community will hereafter be referred to as teacher.

At the beginning of each school year the teacher will update and share their ongoing Professional Learning Plan with the Principal and, in turn, provide the opportunity for the Principal to review, respond to, and ensure alignment. This information will be made available by the Principal for the Superintendent to review.

To support the teacher in updating sharing their ongoing Professional Learning Plan, the Principal is asked to discuss and determine the method the teacher will be expected to use to update and share their Professional Learning Plan in consultation and/or collaboration with their staff. This may involve the use of a single method or one of several methods reflecting teacher choice noting that the latter aligns with the intent of the Professional Growth and Development for Teachers process.

One method includes teacher use of Professional Learning Plan available through Google Docs (Elementary School or High School) as an online document or downloaded as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Another method includes teacher use of the Professional Learning Record available through PDPlace with teacher instructions provided in the document entitled Instructions for Updating and Sharing Professional Learning Record and both Principal instructions provided in the document entitled Instructions for Reviewing, Responding, and Ensuring Alignment of Professional Learning Record and Completing and Submitting a Record of Review.

Regardless of method used to update and share their ongoing Professional Learning Plan, the teacher is encouraged to use the Professional Learning Record available through PDPlace. The use the Professional Learning Record available through PDPlace, over time, will provide the teacher with an electronically documented ongoing record of professional learning involvement and Professional Learning Plan goals.

When updating professional learning involvement and developing professional learning goals it is expected that the teacher will:

Note that the teacher is encouraged to develop a Professional Learning Plan which identifies multiple actions and select multiple and varied professional learning strategies to meet those actions.

During the course of each school year, the teacher will meet with a school-based leader two times to collaboratively review the teacher's Professional Learning Plan and discuss progress in achieving professional learning goal(s):

  • In fall (i.e. beginning of school year)
  • In spring (i.e. end of school year)

These collaborative review meetings will be supported and integrated into school practice by the

Principal. Although the Principal may not formally be part of the collaborative review, the Principal

is encouraged to participate in the collaborative review process. When collaboratively reviewing their Professional Learning Plan with a school-based leader the teacher is expected to share and/or demonstrate required and optional Professional Learning Plan components. A support document has been provided to support the collaborative review process. This document is entitled Collaborative Review Focused Conversation.

Following collaborative review meetings, the school-based leader will meet with the Principal to provide an update.

Ongoing and/or mid-year opportunities for the teacher to collaboratively review their Professional Learning Plan with a school-based leader and/or designated individual or group will be provided, supported, and integrated into school practice by the Principal. In support of ongoing and embedded professional learning, the teacher will maintain their Professional Learning Plan including a summary of required professional learning plan components, reflections, and additional notes regarding progress in achieving professional learning goals, which may include plans for continued professional growth and development. If print/digital format has been selected, a template to record Professional Learning Plan Summary and Reflection as part of the collaborative review has been provided below under files.

Note that the teacher is encouraged to expand their personal/professional learning network and professional learning community to include other professionals both within and beyond the school and division.

At the end of each school year the teacher will update and share their ongoing Professional Learning Plan, demonstrating evidence of professional growth and learning, with the Principal and, in turn, provide the opportunity for the Principal to review, respond to, and ensure alignment. This information will be made available by the Principal for the Superintendent to review.

At the end of each school year the Principal will complete and submit a record of review to their Superintendent.

For additional information please contact Juanita Redekopp-McKeown - Supervisor of Instruction (juanita.redekopp@rbe.sk.ca or 306.523.3136).


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Regina Public School Division gratefully acknowledges the professional contribution of the following Professional Learning Working Group Members:

Kyla Adams, Delaine Anderson, Erin Betson, Wilfred Burton, Russ Clark, Lance Elder, Shannon Fedorus, Erin Harlos, Stuart Harris, Rhonda Haus, Amy Lawson, Luc Lerminiaux, Corrine Miller, Seth Neuls, Starla Nistor, Kelsey Panko, Jeff Perry, Sherry Reavley, Juanita Redekopp-McKeown, Joanna Sanders, Corrine Toews, and Erik Vandusen.