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Professional Development Plan. By: Christie Caparelli. Overview . School Demographics Staff Current School Environment Student Needs Teacher Needs Current Professional Development Plan Recommendations. School Demographics. Approximately 104 students Grades 6-12

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    1. Professional Development Plan By: Christie Caparelli

    2. Overview • School Demographics • Staff • Current School Environment • Student Needs • Teacher Needs • Current Professional Development Plan • Recommendations

    3. School Demographics Approximately 104 students Grades 6-12 98% Special Education (emotional and learning support) Students referred by 45 school districts in Western Pennsylvania

    4. Staff 14 Teachers -6 Special Education -8 Regular Education 10 Education Therapeutic Specialists (Support) 7 Clinical Therapists 1 Transition Coordinator 5 Administrators

    5. Current School Environment • High School • 2 Math classrooms • 2 Science classroom • 1 English classrooms • 2 Social Studies classrooms • 3 Elective classrooms (Gym, Art, Woodshop) • Self-Contained • 1 Middle School room • 1 ASD Middle School room • 1 High School room (severe behaviors) • 1 ASD High School room

    6. Student Needs • More English and Literacy classes taught at the high school level • Essay and creative writing workshops • Improved PSSA and Keystone scores • Interesting and engaging curriculum and lessons • SAT and ACT preparation classes

    7. Teacher Needs • Combining or collaboration of English of Social Studies classes. • Professional development and training on co-teaching and collaborating • Better resources and curriculum for effective teaching of both English and Social Studies • Time to meet with staff members and administration to successfully implement plan

    8. Current Professional Development Plan • Has consisted of mostly mental health components and effective strategies for teaching students with emotional and learning support needs. • Any recent professional development that has been aimed specifically at academics and learning have focused on Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System, RTII, or the upcoming Keystone Exams

    9. Recommendations • Review the current English and Social Studies curricula • Review schedules, class sizes, and credit needs of population • Provide specific professional development to the English teacher and two Social Studies teachers on how to create a “Humanities” block that would combine history, philosophy, and literature.

    10. Recommendations Cont. • Create a timeline for this transition that includes one pilot class where the teachers would co-teach one section at a time. (full transition would take place over 1 school year. • Provide future time in the teacher’s schedules and during in-service days for team meetings and further professional development workshops.

    11. References Guskey, T.R. & Yoon K. S. (2009).What Works in Professional Development? Phi Delta Kappan, 90(7), 495-500. Spillane, J.P, Halverson, R., & Diamond, J. (2001). Investigating School Leadership practice: A distributed perspective. Educational Researcher, 30(3), 23 -28. Pennsylvania Department of Education- Standards Aligned System (2012) Retrieved fromhttp://www.pdesas.org/module/sas/curriculumframework/