The mission of the Northwest professional development program is to assist our educational community to continue to grow professionally and personally in order to improve student performance. Staff members collaboratively develop Building School Improvement/Professional Development Plans that outline professional learning goals and strategies to improve instruction. The ultimate goal of all professional development activity is to support staff in their capabilities to improve student achievement.
It is critical for veteran teachers to have ongoing and regular opportunities to learn from each other. Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture.