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COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
333 MARKET STREET
HARRISBURG, PA 17126-0333







Professional Education Report
Approved December 4, 2008

Entity: Southern Lehigh SD
Address: 5775 Main St
Center Valley, PA 18034-9703
Phone: (610) 282-3121 Ext: 5110
Contact Name: Leah Christman

 

Professional Education Planning Committee

Name

Affiliation

Membership Category

Appointed By

Allison Kaplan

Elementary Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Anne Sikorski-Schneider

HS Teacher

Secondary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Beth Graf

Elementary Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Corry Robbins

MS Librarian

Middle School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Diana Millman

Community Representative

Community Representative

School Board

Diane Keister

Director of Elementary Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Edward Donahue

MS Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Fran Werkheiser

Elementary Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Gary Lee

MS Teacher

Middle School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Joan Takacs

Director of Secondary Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Jody Rennie

School Board Member

Board Member

School Board

Joseph Volk

Business Member

Business Representative

School Board

Kathy Parsons

Parent

Parent

School Board

Leah Christman

Assistant Superintendent

Administrator

Superintendent

Lisa Auteri

School Board Member

Board Member

School Board

Lori Limpar

Elementary Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Mark Covelle

HS Assistant Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Mary Lou McKee

HS Nurse

Ed Specialist - School Nurse

Educational Specialists

Morag Christie-Churm

Director of Special Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Nathan Davidson

MS Assistant Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Pat Combs

HS Teacher

Secondary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Scot Engler

Director of Special Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Tamme Westbrooks

HS Guidance

Ed Specialist - School Counselor

Educational Specialists

Walter Sanders

Business Member

Business Representative

School Board

Cheryl Heurich

Parent

Parent

School Board

Devon Hagy

Community Member

Community Representative

School Board

Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment

The Professional Education/Act 48 Committee will conduct ongoing assessment of individual and district professional development needs through the following: 

Staff Survey- The staff participates in an electronic needs assessment survey, which is sent to each teacher's email account using software such as Survey Monkey. The results are tallied and shared with the ACT 48 Committee during the academy planning process.

Building Committees- Each school building receives input from staff regarding professional development needs from a variety of building level committees.

Supervision Process- A principal and/or teacher may identify professional development needs as a result of the supervisory process.

School District Committees- The School District Committees may include but are not limited to — Curriculum, Technology, Professional Education, Safety, and Wellness.  The public provides input at all of these meetings.  Areas of need for professional education would be identified in the minutes of these committee meetings.

District Assessment Results- Outcomes from the PSSA, 4Sight, SAT, AEP, Writing Samples, Common Assessment Exams, and other specialized assessments identify needs for professional education programs.

Individual Requests- Staff members request attendance at conferences and workshops related to their goals via the conference request process.

Induction- All new staff members provide feedback through surveys and meetings with mentors and administrators.

Audits- Information gathered from recommendations of audits such as Federal Programs, Middle States, Special Education Audits, and Advanced Placement is used to denote needs.

Faculty/Department/ Grade Level Meetings- Various opportunities are provided to staff to collectively review areas of concern and identify needs for professional development programs.

Technology Self Assessment- An annual self-assessment regarding staff technology competence is conducted and the data is analyzed as a part of the after-school and Summer Academy Workshop program. Most recently the Teacher Technology Profile, PATI, and Net Day Speak Up Day surveys were utilized.

Curriculum Review Cycle- Professional education needs are identified related to revision in curricular areas.

Law and Regulation Changes- Changes in laws and regulations drive our identification of staff development needs.

Changes in Student Needs- Behavioral, Medical, Inclusionary or Accommodation needs of students can warrant the need for additional staff training in order to respond to the needs.

Reports- Data collected for District, State and Federal reports (such as drop-out data, weapons and safe-schools reports) can indicate a need for training in a particular area.

Middle States Goals- The three Middle States goals were used to plan our professional development and academy offerings.

Data Driven Instruction- Using technology resources to gather, analyze and interpret data on student progress and 21st century skills.


The Professional Education / Act 48 Committee will use the gathered information to plan faculty meetings, in-service days and Act 80 Days that focus on staff need and correlate to district goals and objectives.

Professional Education Action Plan

Goal: HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Description: All students will learn from highly qualified and effective teachers.

Strategy: Develop an understanding of a positive school climate
Description: A positive school climate is conducive to effective teaching and academic performance. School personnel will be encouraged to increase their mental, physical and emotional wellness in order to enhance their own health, which will be reflected through increased student performance.
Activities:

Activity

Description

Workshops, focus groups, independent studies, conferences

Student physical and emotional wellness
Staff physical and emotional wellness
School safety

Person Responsible

Timeline for Implementation

Resources

Leah Christman

Start:9/30/2008
Finish: 8/26/2014

$65,780.00


Professional Development Activity Information

Number of Hours Per Session

Total Number of Sessions Per School Year

Estimated Number of Participants Per Year

3

10

240

Organization or Institution Name

Type of Provider

Provider's Department of Education Approval Status

Southern Lehigh School District and other approved providers

  • School Entity

Approved

Knowledge and Skills

Research and Best Practices

Designed to Accomplish

* Understand the mental, physical and emotional benefits of wellness

* Develop an understanding of the importance of a positive school climate as related to student achievement

* Understand the procedures to maintain school safety

* Provide appropriate health care training to new teachers and continued training to teachers involved with extracurricular and scholastic activities

* To provide health care training to affected teachers and counselors based on the unique medical needs of the children they serve

Designed to accomplish:

* Staff mental, physical and emotional wellness
* Safe schools
* High morale amid staff and students
* Staff trained to deal with students with unique needs

For classroom teachers, school counselors and education specialists:

  • Increases the educator's teaching skills based on research on effective practice, with attention given to interventions for struggling students.
  • Provides educators with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making.
  • Empowers educators to work effectively with parents and community partners.

For school and district administrators, and other educators seeking leadership roles:

  • Provides leaders with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making.
  • Empowers leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning.
  • Instructs the leader in managing resources for effective results.

Educator Groups Which Will Participate in this Activity

Role

Grade Level

  • Classroom teachers
  • Principals / asst. principals
  • Superintendent / asst. superintendents
  • School counselors
  • Other educational specialists
  • Early childhood (preK-grade 3)
  • Middle (grades 6-8)
  • Elementary (grades 2-5)
  • High school (grades 9-12)

Follow-up Activities

Evaluation Methods

  • Team development and sharing of content-area lesson implementation outcomes, with involvement of administrator and/or peers
  • Creating lessons to meet varied student learning styles
  • Lesson modeling with mentoring
  • Safety and wellness
  • Participant survey
  • School safety (Improved mental, emotional, and physical wellness of staff and students

    Preparedness of school staff for emergency situations)

Strategy: Enhance effective school/ parent/ community interaction and communication
Description: Administration and teachers will be provided the tools and will develop the skills to implement these tools effectively to improve communication within the school, as well as with the home and our community.
Activities:

Activity

Description

Workshops, focus groups, independent studies, conferences

To develop methods that provide the public with information about district and building initiatives and activities

To improve personal communication skills within the school community and between the school, home and community

Person Responsible

Timeline for Implementation

Resources

Leah Christman

Start:9/30/2008
Finish: 8/27/2014

$186,090.00


Professional Development Activity Information

Number of Hours Per Session

Total Number of Sessions Per School Year

Estimated Number of Participants Per Year

3

20

240

Organization or Institution Name

Type of Provider

Provider's Department of Education Approval Status

School District, CLIU, other approved providers

  • School Entity
  • Intermediate Unit

Approved

Knowledge and Skills

Research and Best Practices

Designed to Accomplish

* Develop and maintain teacher websites

* Use of the district website for communication with parents and community

Designed to accomplish:
* Powerschool
* Website design
* Internal and external communication
* Improved communication between teacher and parent
* Improved communication between the school district and the community

For classroom teachers, school counselors and education specialists:

  • Empowers educators to work effectively with parents and community partners.

For school and district administrators, and other educators seeking leadership roles:

  • Provides the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, ensuring that assessments, curriculum, instruction, staff professional education, teaching materials and interventions for struggling students are aligned to each other as well as to Pennsylvania's academic standards.
  • Provides leaders with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making.
  • Empowers leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning.
  • Instructs the leader in managing resources for effective results.

Educator Groups Which Will Participate in this Activity

Role

Grade Level

  • Classroom teachers
  • Principals / asst. principals
  • Superintendent / asst. superintendents
  • School counselors
  • Other educational specialists
  • Early childhood (preK-grade 3)
  • Middle (grades 6-8)
  • Elementary (grades 2-5)
  • High school (grades 9-12)

Follow-up Activities

Evaluation Methods

  • Web sites/portals
  • Participant survey
  • Increase website use (Data available on website usage)
  • Use of Parent Portal (Data available on parent portal usage)

Strategy: Enhance the instructional strategies of our teachers
Description: To increase staff knowledge of content and skills, standards, the district curricula, its alignment with standards and articulation through grade levels.


Activities:

Activity

Description

Workshops, focus groups, independent studies, conferences related to instructional strategies

• Teachers will continue to develop and effectively deliver and assess curricula to their students through a variety of instructional strategies.
• Teachers will continue to learn and develop instructional strategies for use with English Language Learners, Gifted Learners and inclusion students.
• Teachers will continue to differentiate instruction in their classes by content, process and product.

Person Responsible

Timeline for Implementation

Resources

Leah Christman

Start:9/30/2008
Finish: 8/27/2014

$432,580.00


Professional Development Activity Information

Number of Hours Per Session

Total Number of Sessions Per School Year

Estimated Number of Participants Per Year

3

10

240

Organization or Institution Name

Type of Provider

Provider's Department of Education Approval Status

Southern Lehigh School District and other approved providers

  • School Entity
  • Intermediate Unit

Approved

Knowledge and Skills

Research and Best Practices

Designed to Accomplish

Teachers will develop and effectively deliver and assess curricula through various instructional strategies that include but are not limited to:

* Reading Apprenticeship
* High Schools that Work
* Classrooms for the Future
* Project 720
* Cross curriculum integration
* Increased content knowledge
* Differentiated Instruction
* Strategies for ELL learners
* Strategies for Gifted learners
* Inclusionary and co-teaching strategies
* Increased use of technology in the classroom

Designed to accomplish:
Effective classroom instruction yielding higher academic proficiency for all students
Differentiation of instruction to involve all student learning styles
Varied assessments to assess student learning

ICLE identifies "Model Schools" using best practices and showing success.

For classroom teachers, school counselors and education specialists:

  • Enhances the educator's content knowledge in the area of the educator's certification or assignment.
  • Increases the educator's teaching skills based on research on effective practice, with attention given to interventions for struggling students.
  • Provides educators with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making.
  • Empowers educators to work effectively with parents and community partners.

For school and district administrators, and other educators seeking leadership roles:

  • Provides the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, ensuring that assessments, curriculum, instruction, staff professional education, teaching materials and interventions for struggling students are aligned to each other as well as to Pennsylvania's academic standards.
  • Provides leaders with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making.
  • Empowers leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning.
  • Instructs the leader in managing resources for effective results.

Educator Groups Which Will Participate in this Activity

Role

Grade Level

  • Classroom teachers
  • Principals / asst. principals
  • Superintendent / asst. superintendents
  • School counselors
  • Other educational specialists
  • Early childhood (preK-grade 3)
  • Middle (grades 6-8)
  • Elementary (grades 2-5)
  • High school (grades 9-12)

Follow-up Activities

Evaluation Methods

  • Team development and sharing of content-area lesson implementation outcomes, with involvement of administrator and/or peers
  • Analysis of student work, with administrator and/or peers
  • Creating lessons to meet varied student learning styles
  • Peer-to-peer lesson discussions
  • Lesson modeling with mentoring
  • Journaling and reflecting
  • Classroom observation focusing on factors such as planning and preparation, knowledge of content, pedagogy and standards, classroom environment, instructional delivery and professionalism.
  • Student PSSA data
  • Standardized student assessment data other than the PSSA
  • Classroom student assessment data
  • Participant survey
  • Review of participant lesson plans
  • Review of written reports summarizing instructional activity

Strategy: Improve the linkage of data analysis and its application in the improvement of instruction
Description: Administrators and teachers will increase their knowledge in the skill of data analysis, will use available technology to manipulate and represent data, and will develop and implement programs for remediation and enhancement.
Activities:

Activity

Description

Data Analysis Workshops, focus groups, independent studies, conferences

Administrators and teachers will increase their knowledge in the skill of data analysis, will use available technology to manipulate and represent data, and will develop and implement programs for remediation and enhancement.

Person Responsible

Timeline for Implementation

Resources

Leah Christman

Start:9/30/2008
Finish: 8/27/2014

$31,540.00


Professional Development Activity Information

Number of Hours Per Session

Total Number of Sessions Per School Year

Estimated Number of Participants Per Year

1

100

240

Organization or Institution Name

Type of Provider

Provider's Department of Education Approval Status

Southern Lehigh School District and other approved providers

  • School Entity
  • Intermediate Unit

Approved

Knowledge and Skills

Research and Best Practices

Designed to Accomplish

Administrators and teachers will learn how to analyze and interpret data from various assessments such as the PSSA, 4Sight, DIBELS and common District assessments. Teachers will learn how to use the data to inform instruction.

Designed to Accomplish:
* Increase the educator’s teaching skills based on research regarding effective practice, with attention given to interventions for targeted sub-groups.

* Provide teachers with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making

* Empower educators to work effectively with parents and community partners in understanding data

* Provide the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, to ensure that assessments, curriculum, instruction, professional education, teaching materials, interventions, and extensions are aligned to PA academic standards

* Provide leaders with the ability to access data and use the appropriate data to make curriculum and instructional decisions

For classroom teachers, school counselors and education specialists:

  • Increases the educator's teaching skills based on research on effective practice, with attention given to interventions for struggling students.
  • Provides educators with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making.
  • Empowers educators to work effectively with parents and community partners.

For school and district administrators, and other educators seeking leadership roles:

  • Provides the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, ensuring that assessments, curriculum, instruction, staff professional education, teaching materials and interventions for struggling students are aligned to each other as well as to Pennsylvania's academic standards.
  • Provides leaders with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making.
  • Empowers leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning.
  • Instructs the leader in managing resources for effective results.

Educator Groups Which Will Participate in this Activity

Role

Grade Level

  • Classroom teachers
  • Principals / asst. principals
  • Superintendent / asst. superintendents
  • School counselors
  • Early childhood (preK-grade 3)
  • Middle (grades 6-8)
  • Elementary (grades 2-5)
  • High school (grades 9-12)

Follow-up Activities

Evaluation Methods

  • Team development and sharing of content-area lesson implementation outcomes, with involvement of administrator and/or peers
  • Analysis of student work, with administrator and/or peers
  • Creating lessons to meet varied student learning styles
  • Classroom observation focusing on factors such as planning and preparation, knowledge of content, pedagogy and standards, classroom environment, instructional delivery and professionalism.
  • Student PSSA data
  • Standardized student assessment data other than the PSSA
  • Classroom student assessment data
  • Participant survey
  • Review of written reports summarizing instructional activity

Strategy: Leadership training
Description: Provide opportunities for professional development for school and district administrators and other educators in leadership roles
Activities:

Activity

Description

Leadership Training and Workshops, focus groups, independent studies, conferences

Provides the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, ensuring that assessments, curriculum, instruction, staff professional education, programs and interventions are interconnected and aligned to Pennsylvania’s academic standards

Person Responsible

Timeline for Implementation

Resources

Leah Christman

Start:9/30/2008
Finish: 8/28/2014

$100,299.00


Professional Development Activity Information

Number of Hours Per Session

Total Number of Sessions Per School Year

Estimated Number of Participants Per Year

6

10

50

Organization or Institution Name

Type of Provider

Provider's Department of Education Approval Status

Southern Lehigh School District and other approved providers

  • School Entity
  • College
  • Intermediate Unit

Approved

Knowledge and Skills

Research and Best Practices

Designed to Accomplish

Administrators and educational leaders will think, plan and evaluate strategically

Designed to accomplish:
* Develop tools for evaluation of staff
* Develop skills to ensure that curriculum, instruction and assessment practices are aligned to the Pennsylvania standards
* Empower leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning

For classroom teachers, school counselors and education specialists:

  • Enhances the educator's content knowledge in the area of the educator's certification or assignment.
  • Increases the educator's teaching skills based on research on effective practice, with attention given to interventions for struggling students.
  • Provides educators with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making.

For school and district administrators, and other educators seeking leadership roles:

  • Provides the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, ensuring that assessments, curriculum, instruction, staff professional education, teaching materials and interventions for struggling students are aligned to each other as well as to Pennsylvania's academic standards.
  • Provides leaders with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making.
  • Empowers leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning.

Educator Groups Which Will Participate in this Activity

Role

  • Principals / asst. principals
  • Superintendent / asst. superintendents
  • School counselors
  • Other educational specialists

Follow-up Activities

Evaluation Methods

  • Team development and sharing of content-area lesson implementation outcomes, with involvement of administrator and/or peers
  • Analysis of student work, with administrator and/or peers
  • Creating lessons to meet varied student learning styles
  • Peer-to-peer lesson discussions
  • Lesson modeling with mentoring
  • Journaling and reflecting
  • Classroom observation focusing on factors such as planning and preparation, knowledge of content, pedagogy and standards, classroom environment, instructional delivery and professionalism.
  • Student PSSA data
  • Standardized student assessment data other than the PSSA
  • Classroom student assessment data
  • Participant survey

Annual Review Process

The Professional Education Plan will be reviewed annually and revised as needed. Revisions will be based upon the following: 1) student needs as identified by various assessment results, and 2) teacher needs as identified through staff surveys and 3) the Act 48 Needs Assessment results.

APPENDIX B

ENTITY INFORMATION PAGE

Entity: Southern Lehigh SD

Address:
5775 Main St
Center Valley, PA 18034-9703

 

Superintendent or Chief Administrative Officer: Joseph P. Liberati
    E-mail: liberatij@slsd.org
    Telephone: 610-282-3121   
    Fax: 610-282-0193

 

Professional Education Committee Chairperson: Patricia Combs
    E-mail: combsp@slsd.org
    Telephone: 610-282-1421   
    Fax: 610-282-0193

 

Act 48 Reporting Contact: Joan Takacs
    E-mail: takacsj@slsd.org
    Telephone: 610-282-3121   
    Fax: 610-282-0193

 

APPENDIX C

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REPORT ASSURANCES

 

We affirm that this Professional Education Report focuses on the learning needs of each staff member to ensure all staff members meet or exceed high academic standards in each of the core subject areas.



____________________________________________________________________________
Signature                   Professional Education Committee Chairperson                   Date





I affirm that this Professional Education Report provides staff learning that improves the learning of all students as outlined in the National Staff Development Councils Standards for Staff Learning.



____________________________________________________________________________
Signature                   Superintendent or Chief Administrative Officer                      Date





We affirm that his Professional Education Report has been developed in accordance with the laws, regulations and guidelines for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Professional Education Report as designated in Chapter 4 of the Regulations of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.



____________________________________________________________________________
Signature                   President of the Board of School Directors                            Date