Professional learning is the key to increased student outcomes. As school districts design professional learning, it is critical to consider the specific challenge you are working to address, the professional learning interventions you will employ, and to carefully plan for how you will measure the impact of those interventions so as to know whether to continue, adjust, or try something different.
Hear from school districts as they share their professional learning data stories.
- Understand the importance of data collection;
- Gain new ideas for professional learning interventions and ways to measure impact; and
- Learn the latest on Title II-A in the FY 2021 budget appropriations process.
Other resources mentioned during the webinar:
- Sign the Learning Forward PEPS Increase.
- Examples of data summaries.
- Join the A-Team.
- North Kansas City Schools Literacy Plan. (Read this blog post to learn more about the Literacy plan.)
Scott Feder, Superintendent of Schools
Feder has had a long and distinguished career as an educational leader in the State of New Jersey for the past 26 years. Interestingly enough, his career began in South Brunswick as part of the inaugural teaching class when Indian Fields Elementary School opened in 1992. From there, Mr. Feder moved to the Monmouth Junction Elementary School where he served as the Assistant Principal. Shortly thereafter, the district transitioned to an upper elementary school model and Mr. Feder served as the Assistant Principal when that school opened its doors in 1997as UES. His career continued with 11 years as a school principal in West Orange and West Windsor-Plainsboro followed by the last 8 years as Superintendent in both the Rumson School District and most recently in Millstone Township.
Sara Monaco, Assistant Superintendent
Monaco is the assistant superintendent for Smithfield Public Schools in Rhode Island. The Office of Curriculum and Instruction oversees curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning in Smithfield. The Assistant Superintendent, in collaboration with principals and educators, leads the district’s curriculum development in alignment with the state’s approved standards. An important piece of the curriculum development cycle is the adoption of high-quality instructional materials and programs that are aligned to standards and encourage best practices in instruction. Once these programs are adopted, this office ensures that teachers and staff receive ongoing professional learning focused on implementation in order to impact student learning. In addition, this office is responsible for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive assessment system that allows educators to closely monitor students’ progress.
Godfrey Rangasammy, K-12 Science Supervisor
Rangasammy currently serves as the K-12 Science Supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) – a large, diverse urban school district in Maryland. Rangasammy has 32 years of experience in P-20 Science education. Rangasammy graduated from the College of Education at the University of Maryland in December 2017 with his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Rangasammy has taught P-20 Science (Biology, Chemistry and AP Chemistry, College Physical Science) in different parts of the world including Guyana, Caribbean, New York, Georgia, and Maryland. He leads an effort to help K-12 teachers help all students in PGCPS, especially non-dominant student populations, make sense of their natural and designed world. Rangasammy is applying his graduate program research experiences and skills to implement with fidelity, a K-12 NGSS- aligned curriculum and resources. Concurrently, he is also designing and executing targeted, differentiated Professional Learning Opportunities for his K-12 Science teachers so that they can be supported on the pedagogical demands and shifts for the Teaching and Learning of the NGSS.
Chad Sutton, Deputy Superintendent – Academics
Sutton oversees principals, assistant principals and overall PreK–12 instruction for NKC Schools–a district of over 21,000 learners in Kansas City’s Northland and the largest school system in the City of Kansas City as well as the Missouri side of the KC metropolitan area. He has been with NKC Schools since 1999. Sutton’s career at NKC Schools started as a teacher and coach before moving into leadership, first as an assistant principal and then as an elementary school principal. He was named Deputy Director of Elementary Education before becoming assistant superintendent of PreK–8 education and then moving into his current position.