The Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) vision, Developing Successful Citizens-Every Student, Every Day, supports a continuous, flexible professional development program that establishes lifelong learning as a valued expectation for all administrative, instructional and support staff. The development and retention of highly skilled and diverse employees is the key to achieving district strategic goals.
Participation in professional development results in innovative, effective and efficient strategies focused on specific work requirements, successful teaching practices, and/or leadership behaviors. This occurs in a wide variety of delivery systems such as coursework (college or adult education), interactive training, online or electronic media, and research-based high impact job-embedded professional development such as coaching, lesson study and professional learning communities. Implementation of learning by adults positively impacts student performance and organizational growth.
The mission of the Professional Development Department is to provide high quality, research-based training that will increase staff efficacy and effectiveness in order to raise student performance.
The Marion County Professional Development Council was formed to advise the development, monitoring and revision of the Professional Development System. This group analyzes needs assessment data to determine priorities for the system. Needs assessment data includes:
The Council is composed of a variety of stakeholders including district administrators, school-based administrators, coaches, teachers, and special program coordinators (IB, AICE).
The Council meets quarterly to monitor the implementation of the system and to make recommendations for revisions.
Meetings with other stakeholders include, but are not limited to:
Marion County Public School’s Staff Development Department is committed to providing quality professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and non-instructional personnel. This department has a detailed vision for professional growth that enables educators to provide quality instruction for the students of Marion County. The staff development department personnel are well versed in the research surrounding effecting staff development programs and strive to develop trainings that reflect the research in best practices for developing high achievement in all content areas for all students.
In an effort to provide trainings to the greatest number of people possible, we structure Professional Development Universities (4 per year after school time), Summer Teaching Academies, District in-service and half-day trainings, school-based training, and on-site mentoring and coaching. We believe that learning is a lifelong process; the task of professional development activity is to impact the instruction in the classroom because only quality teaching makes the difference in student learning and achievement.
The District vision supports the critical nature of staff development as a key role in achieving the goals of the District and the vision of "Leading the State in Raising Student Performance."
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
– Alvin Toffler