Professional Learning Calendar
Registration for Professional Development Clock Hours for 2018-2019 is now open. Any staff member who wishes to earn clock hours must do the following: Register by the deadline, sign in on the attendance sheets at each professional learning session or ACE Day, and complete a course evaluation within two weeks of any course ending.
Upcoming Teaching and Learning Events
Professional Learning Opportunities
Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching (BAS-T)
Pierce College has a partnership with Steilacoom and other area school districts to support people to become certified teachers in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
If you haven’t yet attended a Pierce College Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching Information Meeting, now is the time! The application for the Summer part-time program is due April 1, and the application for the Fall full-time program is due June 1. I would encourage you to attend one of the meetings listed below prior to submitting your application
Please bring a copy of your transcript you can leave with staff to review and ensure you have all pre-requisite courses completed.
The Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB) offers a scholarship to classified employees who are pursuing an Associate Arts (AA) degree.
Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership
SPU @ University PlaceAre you interested in earning a Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership with other teachers in the area? University Place School District is the South Sound hub for the Teacher Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University. This cohort also serves Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Federal Way, Steilacoom, and Puyallup.With an MEd from SPU, you will become equipped for new roles in education and may qualify for a higher salary. Online learning is combined with a local cohort in a flexible format so that you can avoid the commute to Seattle.If you are interested in learning more about this cohort, contact information:
Safe Schools is a mandatory training program which all new and continuing employees must complete every year.
An email is sent each summer to employees with a link to access and with instructions.
The requirement is expected to be met by all employees by the last workday in September.
Staff who are requesting clock hours through ProDev system must complete an evaluation of each course attended.
Requesting clock hour credit without signing in for each session and completing the evaluation these steps will not be granted.
District Focus for Professional Learning
The focus for professional development for the 2018-2019 school year was determined through several rounds of staff input and organization by our district professional leadership team of teachers and administrators. We are pleased to announce that this year's professional development will focus on three key themes:
Race and Equity
Social Emotional Learning
Professional LearningThe Steilacoom Historical School District No.1 provides a comprehensive, sustained, job-embedded, and collaborative activities and programs designed to improve teachers' and principals' effectiveness in raising student achievement. Collectively these efforts are referred to as professional learning.The Washington State Legislature adopted HB 1345 into law in 2017. Required for all professional learning programs are the elements of differentiated learning for adults; job-embeddedness; student outcomes; and sustainability.Please see the Professional Learning Calendar for events and see the Professional Learning blog for highlights describing what our teachers are learning, how they are collaborating, and how it is improving student learning.
District Professional Learning Leadership Team (PLT)
Our district has a leadership team comprised of teachers, principals, and district leaders who work together to provide quality professional learning for all district employees. The District Professional Learning Leadership Team plans the professional learning calendar and provides guidance as to the format and professional learning topics for the school year.
Our team includes members from each school and represents many disciplines: Louann Stalder, District Instructional Coordinator; Karen Antonovic, Chloe Clark; Jake Tyrrell and Miguel Stutz, Steilacoom High; Ruth Erwin-Svoboda, Pioneer; Mary Snyder, District SEL Coordinator; Kathy Johansen and Brian Kirby, Cherrydale; Kathi Weight, Superintendent and Paul Harvey, Executive Director of Student Achievement.
Professional Learning in 2018-2019
The DPLLT met in April and used feedback from staff in combination with current initiatives to set themes for the professional learning plan for the 2018-2019 school year. The key themes and rationale for the next school year will be:
Race and Equity: Discipline data shows that Special Education students and students of color experience disciplinary interventions at disproportional rates compared to their peers.
STEM: The state is requiring that all teachers receive STEM training as part of their certificate renewal.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Is a priority for our district in order to give staff and students tools for developing positive behavior and mental well-being in schools, which provides the best environment for learning.
Each of these themes will be present in professional learning activities at the district, building, and team levels throughout the school year.
We will use our resources of time and technology to deliver quality training and teamwork around these themes in support of all of our students and staff.
Cadres and Committees
Our district has several groups exploring curriculum and practices. This year cadres of teachers in English Language Arts, Science, and professional learning meet regularly to develop the district's instructional structure and share practices.District secondary-level math and science teachers are in the second year of a three year grant. They regularly meet with facilitators and content experts to improve learning in math and science. The SER2 partnership joins the districts of Steilacoom, Eatonville, and Rochester together in a collaborative effort involving seven schools and over sixty teachers and administrators.
Follow Us on Social MediaWe also celebrate our work via social media: Facebook: Steilacoom School District No.1; Twitter: @TandLSHSD; #STEMSER2 #TPLWAA great tradition of kicking off each school yearWe start every school year with a speaker who welcomes all of our staff and provides a message of inspiration and a call to action around district-determined themes.Jesse Dorin, speaker, consultant, and author on ACES provided a perspective which related to our district priority of providing Social Emotional Learning support to all of our students.Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary You spoke to the staff about the synergy of teams and being creative in our collective work with others to start 2017-2018.Father Oleksa discussing diversity and understanding students at the August kickoff for 2017-2018.Scott Seaman from AWSP spoke about seeing each student and making school a welcoming environment as our first kickoff speaker in 2016-2017.