Summer professional development is not only for teachers. Our school leaders also participate in professional development opportunities. This past summer assistant principals, principals, the assistant superintendent and the superintendent attended conferences and participated in webinars offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Teachers 21, Wellesley College, NEASC, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Merrimack College, The Learning and Brain Society on topics which included: school leadership, school safety, learning and brain research, how technology transforms brains, teaching and learning, global ethics, reading, new teacher evaluation model, investigating complaints of harassment and bullying, technology integration, and school culture and change. Within the district, the Leadership Team participated in two multi-day “retreats” to review the district’s strategic plan, discuss the 2012-2013 curriculum and staff development initiatives and FY 13 goals.
So, while most people think of summer as a time when schools are closed, the reality is that our teachers, administrators and school leaders spend many of their days doing work that enhances the curriculum, culture and classrooms throughout the school system. We applaud this work that will move our district forward.
Nancy A. Duclos is the Andover Public Schools assistant superintendent for learning and teaching. People can contact her by e-mail at email@example.com.