Professional Development Committee

Monthly Update

2019-2020 Committee Members

  • William Beando- WRHS principal

  • Robert Berlo- Deputy Superintendent

  • Kara Bolduc- 3rd grade teacher at Paxton Center School

  • Brendan Keenan- Director of Social Emotional Learning and Guidance

  • Linda Sasso- English teacher at WRHS

  • Jennifer Tellier- 8th grade English teacher at Mountview


The Professional Development Team has had its first meeting of the year-- and we'd like to start sharing regular updates with you! The team spent it's first meeting welcoming new members, reviewing past feedback, and brainstorming out of the box ideas for bringing the best possible PD opportunities to the Wachusett District.
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WRSD faculty participating in a carousel activity to share ideas regarding a book study.

Results are in!!!

Staff Top-Ranking Areas for training:

  • Content Specific
  • Social/ Emotional Learning
  • Interventions for struggling students
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Differentiated instruction

Seeking Your Help!

In preparing for the May 11, 2020 Professional Development Day, we would love to hear from you! We will continue to offer a menu of options on this day. You will again have the opportunity to craft a day that best meets your needs.

Proposal Type 1: Topic Request

A topic request proposal is merely a request that the Professional Development Committee consider identifying a presenter who is able to deliver one or more sessions on a topic you would like to explore further. Topic requests should be as specific as possible. For example, ‘Science content’ does not provide enough guidance. A more specific request might be, “Using technology to support student learning in middle school earth science’.

To make a Topic Request, please send an email to the District Professional Development Committee @

Proposal Type 2: Presenter Request

A presenter request proposal is a request for a specific presenter on a specific topic. Perhaps you have participated in an opportunity with a particularly engaging presenter, or have heard of an organization or presenter you would like to see. To make a Presenter Request, please send an email to, and include all the necessary information, such as a name of the presenter, the organization they work for, the topic or title of presentation, a website, and any contact information.

Proposal Type 3: Request to Facilitate

If you have ever wanted to deliver a workshop for your colleagues, this is your opportunity to share your expertise! You can present solo or with a partner/team. You can present for one, two, or all three of the day’s two-hour sessions. Facilitators receive double the number of PDPs that participants receive.

We are excited to be offering the day in this format again, and greatly appreciate your input! Please keep in mind that it may not be possible to honor all requests due to presenter availability and financial resources. Proposals that cannot be fulfilled this year may be considered for future opportunities. All proposals are due by December 31 in order to allow time to organize this event.