The Elkhart Promise from the Elkhart Community Schools (ECS) Strategic Plan: Every student is known by name, challenged and supported by highly effective staff, and in partnership with the community, will graduate career/college ready and life ready.
Goal Two of the ECS Strategic Plan: Ensure a Highly Effective Staff
ECS will create and maintain a climate and a culture which attracts and retains highly effective staff members by: (1) Instituting measures that improve workplace climate and culture; (2) Strengthening recruitment and retention of staff; and (3) Strengthening professional development and evaluation.
To ensure Elkhart has the most highly effective staff the district has aligned all professional development under the Danielson Rubric, the district’s new evaluation system. Additionally, the district developed one centralized location to display all in-house professional development opportunities throughout the year. This professional development website allows teachers and administrators to see what professional development workshops are available, register for them, track which workshops they sign up for and log their PGPs.
Elkhart Community Schools is committed to the development and retention of highly effective staff. The number one way to accomplish this is to provide teachers a wide variety of professional development opportunities which meet their needs. The professional development website displays both in-person and online professional development courses for teachers providing them every opportunity to find a course or workshop to help them improve their practice.
Examples of workshops being offered during the 2017-2018 school year include the following:
- Phase 1: Innovative Teaching Practices 101
- Phase 2: Innovative Teaching Practices 201
- Tools of the Mind: Kindergarten Curriculum
- Teacher Evaluation Training for Administrators
- District Wide Curriculum Development PD
- Creating Movies
- Accessibility Features of the iPad
- Expanding Your PLN with Twitter
- An Introduction to Flipped Learning
To see a complete list and register for courses, see the PD signup page here. (You must be logged into Elkhart GSuite to view)
The calendar below shows all of the professional development opportunities in the district. Click on any single event for more details about the workshop.