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Title II Part A, Preparing, Training and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
Coordinator of Educational Improvement
Formula grants to school districts provide Federal assistance with the expectation of increasing student achievement from a broad school and district wide professional development plan articulated in each SAU's Professional Development Master Plan. Such Plans detail strategies that e.g., (1) improve teacher and principal quality: (2) increase the number of highly qualified teachers (HQT) and paraprofessionals teaching in the classroom, which includes "recruiting and hiring HQT to reduce class size, particularly in the early grades" (Section 2123a2B); and/or (3) improve the capacity of principals, assistant principals and superintendents in schools as outstanding managers and educational leaders.
Newport Schools' Professional Learning
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of professional development is to promote a broad range of high quality learning experiences for all students. In order for the professional development plan to accomplish this purpose, it must ensure an alignment of professional development activities, district goals, classroom practices, classroom and district assessments, and staff evaluations. The process must be responsive to district needs and include input from the community, parents, students, teachers, paraprofessionals, other staff members, administrators, and school board members, while meeting state and national requirements.
This Professional Development Master Plan has been developed to provide the structure and means through which educators continuously enhance their professional competency and simultaneously satisfy the NH recertification requirements enumerated in Ed 512. The procedures and tools of this plan are intended to facilitate the individual and collective growth of all district educators. This plan recognizes that high quality professional development is: Driven by the results of a regular and systematic analysis of a variety of data and information on student learning. Focused on the effective implementation of research-based educational practices. Responsive to the unique learning needs and styles of each individual educator. Accomplished through collaboration among all constituents. Aligned with goals outlined in the improvement priorities of the district. The Master Plan recognizes that professional development is a continuous process involving setting goals, identifying students' needs, examining instructional practices and student performance, and determining if the process has been successful in improving student achievement.