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Professional Development

Professional learning opportunities continue to be valued by Ridgewood Public Schools.  Professional development opportunities, which provide for collaboration and reflection within and across departments and schools, is necessary to improve teacher and school leader effectiveness.  Professional development days, staff development courses and professional learning communities allow educators an opportunity for, "Professional learning aligned with a teacher's needs as a growing professional, using feedback from evaluations, data on learner performance, and school-wide and district-wide priorities."1

To this end, the following professional development goals have been adopted district-wide for the 2019-20 school year:
PD Goal #1: Advance student centered learning through the development of practices that foster student goal-setting and accountable talk, while building interdisciplinary connections to enhance the relevance of students’ learning experiences.  

PD Goal #2: Advance differentiation practices through a review and enhancement of the I&RS process, data-based planning, and small group instructional practices.

PD Goal #3: All educators will continue to build capacity to foster student well-being by focusing on social/emotional learning as an integral component of student health and achievement. 1 "PD Regulations Code N.J.A.C 6A:9C-3.2-State of New Jersey" 2014. 4 Jun 2014


Engaging Connections: A Publication of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Volume 1, Issue 1 - October 2019