Welcome to the Lexington Public Schools Professional Development Website
Professional development is the link to quality teaching and learning and ultimately to increased student achievement. Lexington Public Schools is committee to three CORE PURPOSES
Respectful and Caring Relationships
A Culture of Reflection, Conversation, Collaboration and a Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Only through collaborative work, can we fully realize our collective goals. To that end, the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is here to support and partner with all staff in the spirit of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) philosophy. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the district will continue its focus on building Professional Learning Communities and using quality, research-based information in advancing instruction and student learning. The philosophy of Professional Learning Communities encourages distributive leadership and teachers working interdependently to analyze data that will impact professional practice in order to improve individual and collective results for children. Collaboration is the key to the success of Professional Learning Communities. PLCs underscore the role of teachers as leaders, and in this shared leadership model, the emphasis becomes meaningful teamwork, measurable goals, and regular collection and analysis of performance data, accompanied by appropriate interventions designed to promote student success.
The Lexington Public Schools' Professional Development program focuses on increasing students' academic achievement. As a result, professional development will:
- Be explicitly linked to school and district goals;
- Support and expand professional learning communities;
- Expand and strengthen data collection, both formative and informative, as a way to respond to student needs with appropriate instructional interventions:
- Provide embedded professional development and other professional development opportunities of teachers that are tied to new curriculum and instructional implementations.
The Lexington Public Schools has a longstanding commitment to a strong Professional Development Program and takes great pride in offering professionally enriching opportunities for its staff. The Lexington Public Schools was acknowledged for it's outstanding Professional Development program in the November 10, 2010 issue of Education Week.
Best Wishes to all of you as you embark upon a new academic year in the Lexington Public Schools. If there is any way in which the Curriculum Office can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.
In order to view the district's course offerings for staff, please click on "Online Course Catalog and Registration" on the link provided below.
Additional Reports from the Professional Development Committee
In addition to the many in-district opportunities that are available to staff, the Lexington Public Schools is affiliated and works closely with the following organizations to support continuing growth.
The electronic links below are here so that you may gather more information about the organizations and their courses. Staff are, however, NOT to register for enrollment directly with these agencies as our memberships have limits on the number of seats available to us. If staff are interested in a specific course offering, please be sure to follow the process posted on the LPS Professional Development conference in First Class.
All staff are reminded to check the LPS Professional Development conference in FirstClass to access regularly updated course information from these organizations.
Carol A. Pilarski
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
781.861.2580, ext. 220
Professional Development Coordinator 2011-2012