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Professional Development

Professional Development


4204 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34947

Phone (772) 429-3952
Fax (772) 429-3953

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Training

Please click on a tab below to learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you. To search and register for upcoming sessions, please log into ERO

Action Research/Teacher Inquiry

Action Research/Teacher Inquiry is a systematic, intentional, and carefully planned study of teaching practices. In other words, it is when teachers learn by doing in an effort to better impact student achievement. Action Research/Teacher inquiry is also the perfect job-embedded professional development. You can earn up to 120 inservice hours for your project—just make sure you attend the Orientation Session and thoroughly complete and submit the necessary documentation. To view a video tutorial about the Action Research/Teacher Inquiry process, please visit the Portal.

Contact: Carla Moore, Department of Professional Development
carla.moore@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-3952

ASCD e-library

Looking for a book for your PLC, Book Study or Teacher Inquiry project? Take some time to check out St. Lucie County's new ASCD e-library. SLCSB owns a library of over 50 e-books that are available to you, all free of charge! To see what's available, simply navigate to ASCD e-book Collection tab on the Professional Development website. There you will see a bookcase with 12 featured books. Click on any of the books and it will take you directly to the book. Or you can click on the "Show All Books" tab and the entire library of books will appear. Finally, if you want to search a specific topic, use the ASCD search box. Type in a topic and it will bring you to a listing of all the books that address this topic. This site is password protected. Ask your principal for the password.

Contact: Deborah Iseman, Executive Director of the Department of Professional Development deborah.iseman@stlucieschools.org
(772) 426-3952

CAR-PD

For content area teachers: participants will learn effective, research-based reading techniques to use in the content subjects to promote acceleration of reading progress for struggling students. Contact your school's Literacy Coach for more information or Lorie Monroe.

Contact: Lorie Monroe, Curriculum Program Implementation & Support Specialist
lorie.monroe@stlucieschools.org
(772) 462-8554

Classroom Observation

Whether you are a novice or veteran teacher, classroom observation is the perfect form of authentic, job-embedded professional development. It is also a wonderful way to help combat the isolationism that teachers sometimes feel. The Department of Professional Development has an established protocol for Classroom Observation and has created a brief video tutorial that walks teachers, coaches and administrators through the process of establishing and facilitating Classroom Observations at their school site.

Following the SLC protocol will ensure that the experience is meaningful and, of course, that the observing teacher AND the teacher being observed will receive inservice points. To view the video tutorial about the process, please visit the SLC Portal.

Contact: Deborah Iseman, Executive Director of the Department of Professional Development deborah.iseman@stlucieschools.org
(772) 426-3952

CPALMS

CPALMS (Curriculum Planning and Learning Management System) is a personal homepage that displays relevant resources based on the established relationship between the Course Code Directory, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and resource repository. CPALMS will also provide several tools that allow you to add, adopt, or modify resources and plans related to each of your course(s). As more resources are added to the system, you will automatically be notified about new resources for your courses and interests. Other tools will provide information on related professional development events or customized information such as a personal calendar and a to-do list.

Visit today: http://www.cpalms.org.

Contact: Deborah Iseman, Executive Director of the Department of Professional Development deborah.iseman@stlucieschools.org
(772) 426-3952

Differentiated Instruction

Learn strategies to meet the needs of all of your learners in whole-group, small group and individual settings. Session 1 (3 hours) provides an overview of the framework of differentiated instruction in a fun, interactive stye that embeds learning strategies throughout the learning experience. Session 2 (3 hours) is an opportunity to explore the ways to differentiate for students through interest, readiness and learning profile. This session closes with an opportunity for collaborative design of differentiated work for students.

This training builds teacher understanding of

  • What differentiation is and how it looks in a classroom
  • The reasons why differentiation is vital to student success
  • What is fair for all students and how to address fairness issues
  • What the teacher can adjust based on student differences
  • Strategies for creating a differentiated learning environment
  • Options to increase highly effective independent practice during the literacy block

    More information about Differentiated Instruction can be found by going to the Professional Development Training Materials page on the Portal.

    Contact: Kim Smith, Department of Professional Development
    kim.smith@stlucieschools.org
    (772) 429-7703

ESOL Endorsement

CATEGORY I - Primary Language Arts/English Teachers must earn 300 in-service points or 15 credit hours of coursework from a college or university that include all of the following areas:

• Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
• Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding
• Testing and Evaluation of ESOL
• Applied Linguistics OR The ESOL subject area exam AND 120 in-service points or 6 credit hours of coursework from a college or university in any two (2) the following areas:
• Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
• Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding
• Testing and Evaluation of ESOL
• Applied Linguistics

CATEGORY II - Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Computer Literacy Teachers must earn 60 in-service points or coursework from a college or university.

CATEGORY III - All other subjects not included in Categories I or II must earn 18 in-service points or coursework from a college or university.

CATEGORY IV - School Administrators & Guidance Counselors must earn 60 in-service points or coursework from a college or university.

Failure to comply with the above requirements within the state of Florida’s specified time frame may impact your continued employment with St. Lucie Public Schools.

Contact: Lyna Soler-Marin, School Renewal, Title I & Title III ESOL Program Specialist lyna.marin@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-4623

Contact: Clarissa Duskin, ESOL/Immigrant Program Specialist School Renewal, Title I & Title II clarissa.duskin@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-5537

FDLRS

(Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System)
FDLRS Galaxy serves the school districts of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie. Professional development opportunities available to teachers:
Accommodations and Modifications
Action Research
Algebra Success Keys—ASK
CHAMPS Classroom Management
Collaborative Planning & Teaching
Differentiated Instruction
Great Leaps Reading
Great Leaps Math
Intensive Reading Instruction/Support
SIM—Strategic Instruction Model
Thinking Maps
We’re More Alike Than Different

FDLRS Technology professional development opportunities:
Assistive Technology/Augmentative Communication Overview
Low Tech Tools for Inclusive Education (LoTTIE)
Access to the Curriculum through Digital Text
Universal Design for Learning
Inspiration & Kidspiration
Visual Strategies to Improve Communication
Integrating Assistive Technology in the Classroom
FCAT Accommodations & Tools
Creating Talking PowerPoint Books
Adapted Materials Make and Take

Free online training modules provide instruction in the eight ESE competency areas that were established in July 2003. Earn inservice points with these self-paced courses that offer both facilitative and technological support to ensure successful mastery of the competencies. The modules are accessible through the website: www.pda-ese.org. Titles include:
Assessment & Evaluation
Differentiated Reading Instruction (comp.4&5)
Foundations of ESE
Instructional Practice
Interpersonal Interactions
Language Development & Communication
Positive Behavior Supports
Transition (Secondary)

FDLRS also offers 2 online courses that are designed to help educators review for certification exams:
The Elementary K-6 Online Content Review Module
The Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum Online Content Review Module

Contact: Sandra Akre, Director of FDLRS GALAXY
sandra.akre@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-4600

Instructional Technology

The Department of Instructional Technology offers video tutorials, self-paced Moodle courses, facilitated online classes, quick reference guides and more to help you as you integrate technology into your classroom. Topics include Destination Success, Skyward Gradebook, Earobics, CAVs, Podcasting, Discovery Education Streaming and more.

Contact: Nick Zrallack, Coordinator of Instructional Technology
nicholas.zrallack@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-7546

Learning Communities

A Learning Community is a collegial group of teachers learning, implementing, and supporting each other as they strive to grow professionally and impact student achievement. To download the Learning Community Guide and to view other resources go to the Learning Community Tab on the Professional Development Website.

Contact: Carla Moore, Department of Professional Development
carla.moore@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-3952

Lesson Study

Lesson Study centers on teachers working collaboratively on a small number of "study lessons". Working on these study lessons involves planning, teaching, observing, and critiquing the lessons. To learn about the lesson study process, please visit the Portal or contact Deborah Iseman.

Contact: Deborah Iseman, Executive Director of the Department of Professional Development deborah.iseman@stlucieschools.org
(772) 426-3952

Literacy

Contact: Mandy Rowland
mandy.rowland@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-3948

Math Content

The following websites provide content knowledge and instructional strategies for enhancing the math instruction within our classrooms. You may also visit the Professional Development’s Intranet site for online Math content modules.
Annenberg Media programs - professional development programming across the curriculum; browse can be done by grades K-12
Teacher2Teacher e-Learning through Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) - digital workshops providing professional development on various curricular topics)
CPALMS (Curriculum Planning and Learning Management System - resources & lesson plans aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
National Council for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) - understanding the math standards and expectations for grade bands K-12 http://standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/index.htm - activities giving electronic samples to engage students in mathematical content, arranged by grade bands

Contact: Debbie Kohuth, Professional Developer/Math Curriculum Contact
debbie.kohuth@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-4624

Online/Distance Learning

The Department of Professional Development has created several online modules to suit the diverse needs of our teachers. These modules cover such topics as Marzano’s High Yield Strategies, Math Content, IPDP, collaborative lesson design and more. Each module is designed to be completed within a PLC or as part of a collaborative group. Please visit the Department of Professional Development’s intranet site on the Portal to view the current offerings.

Contact: Alison Thabit, Professional Developer
alison.thabit@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-7691

PD 360

PD 360 is an on-demand library of professional teacher development resources that uses technology to make professional learning more effective, convenient, and sustainable. PD 360 has over 200 hours of research-based video content, tools for follow-up, tracking, and reflection. Topics include: differentiation, minority student achievement, English language learners, Classroom Instruction That Works, leadership, assessment, etc.

http://www.pd360.com

Contact: Alison Thabit, Professional Developer
alison.thabit@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-7691

Reading Endorsement

Detailed information about the reading endorsement
Contact: Mandy Rowland
mandy.rowland@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-3948

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Problem Solving /Response to Intervention coaches offer professional development pertaining to the consensus, infrastructure & implementation stages of the Problem Solving/Response to Instruction & Intervention process. Topics include: Problem Identification, Problem Analysis, Intervention Design & Implementation, Response to Instruction/Intervention, Three-tiered Model of Service Delivery, Law: NCLB, IDEA, Florida Rule/Statute, Problem-Solving Teams, Current Levels of Performance & Gap Analysis, Hypotheses Generation & Validation, Graphing & Interpreting Graphs, and more.

Contact: Mary Huffstetter, Ph.D., BCBA, St. Lucie County Intervention Manager mary.huffstetter@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-5548

Science Content

Contact: Shernett Alexander, K12 Science Program Implementation and Support Specialist shernett.alexander@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429 5558

Social Studies Content

The following websites provide content knowledge and instructional strategies for enhancing social studies instruction within our classrooms. You may also visit the district’s professional development Intranet site (FOCUS) for online social studies content modules.
Annenberg Media programs - professional development programming across the curriculum; browsing can be done by grades K-12
Teacher2Teacher e-Learning through Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) - digital workshops providing professional development on various curricular topics
CPALMS (Curriculum Planning and Learning Management System - resources & lesson plans aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) – the social studies professional organization’s site contains resources, professional development opportunities, and information on the national standards

Contact: Tim Norfleet
tim.norfleett@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-3941

Student Engagement

In St. Lucie County we believe that every day, all students are entitled to work and lessons that they find interesting, satisfying, challenging and will help them to make sense of the content being taught. For more than a decade our district has worked with Dr. Phil Schlechty to learn how to design work that compels students to move beyond compliance to a deep commitment to learning. In St. Lucie County, our Professional Development Team has created a Design Camp, based on Dr. Shlechty’s Coaching 4 Design Model, that will lead teachers through the process of designing work and lessons that will grab the attention of even the most reluctant learner. 

Contact:  Kimberly Smith, Department of Professional Development
kimberly.smith@stlucieschools.org
(772) 429-7703