Professional Development 2016-2017

An Individualized Approach

A New PD Model

Teachers authentically engage in reflection about current professional practices, identify professional growth goals, establish and implement a professional development plan to attain those goals, and track progress toward the goals over the course of the year.

This is actually pretty exciting! It's differentiated professional development for teachers!

Professional Development Badges

What's this badge thing about?!

Badges earned reflect individualized professional development that each teacher has attended. The district and campuses what the requirements for each session will be in order to earn a badge. Badges translate to days earned.


6-8 Week Structured Book Study tied to Twitter Chat & Moodle = 1 Day

10 Lunch & Learns that Address Trends in HISD Teacher Goals = 1 Day

1 Approved Full-Day Session Tied to Goals = 1 Day

1 Required Full-Day Session Tied to District-Wide MIssion = 1 Day

Each teacher accumulates ___ days to apply to HISD Flex Days.

Menu of Choices

Use the TTESS Domains below to create an HISD Choice Board for each teacher to select based on their goals and/or the district's mission. Provide a process for teachers to develop their own learning opportunities as well. (Approval for Badge required, of course.)

  • Standards & Alignment
  • Data & Assessment
  • Knowledge of Students
  • Activities
  • Achieving Expectations
  • Content Knowledge & Expertise
  • Communication
  • Differentiation
  • Monitor & Adjust
  • Classroom Environment, Routines & Procedures
  • Managing Student Behavior
  • Classroom Culture

The dimensions under the Professional Practices & Responsibilities Categories are not included, but are part of the appraisal process. They are: Professional Demeanor & Ethics, Goal Setting, Professional Development & School Community Involvement.

Recommended Platform

Create an aligned Professional Development Plan through Mozilla Open Badges. Customize the badges to represent the targeted training that teachers complete.
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