A cornerstone to the success of all NSSED programs and services is the commitment to ongoing professional development. NSSED’s professional development goal is to provide high-quality training on various educational topics that are grounded in best practices with the purpose to improve outcomes for all students. Professional learning opportunities are delivered through whole-group instruction, activities with active participation, discussion with colleagues and on-site coaching to facilitate the learning and application of new skills. The objective of the department is to provide the tools that teachers, support staff, administrators and parents need to better serve students, and to develop programs.
Ultimately, all of our professional development activities are to serve our students. We ensure that school teams are educated in the most current methodologies and approaches for instruction, assessment and data based decision making. One of the tenets of NSSED professional development is that the skills and information acquired by the educators can impact a wide variety of student profiles and different learners.
Professional development opportunities offered through NSSED are based on a framework to ensure basic knowledge and understanding of particular topics, acquisition of specific skills, application of newly acquired skills with feedback from on-site coaches and collaboration with colleagues implementing best practices.
Foundational and Skill Building Workshops:
These sessions provide a basic knowledge of specific topics as well as skill development and practice on particular practices used by educators.
Coaching and Consultation:
Coaches provide the link from skill acquisition, knowledge, and information to practice. Coaching with feedback will assist moving from just “acquiring information” to transforming how and what educators do in practice.
These interactive sessions provide individuals with similar roles and responsibilities the opportunity to meet various times during the year to share experiences and expertise. Topics are presented to the groups based on their areas of interest and need.
Specific topics identified for the various professional learning opportunities are based on school improvement initiatives and ongoing input from special education administrators, parents and staff.