NYSAIS Principles of Good Practice for Professional Development   

Adopted by the Board of Trustees 4/21/04
Revised by the Professional Development Committee 1/22/09
 Adopted by Board of Trustees 4/15/09

Professional development for educators is essential to the viability and growth of our schools.  It is incumbent upon each member school to embrace professional development and set the highest goals and standards.  To this end, the NYSAIS Professional Development Committee sets forth the following principles for schools to consider as they establish their own professional development programs, with the understanding this is a process affected by budget considerations.

A school with a strong professional development program supports faculty and staff in their desire to improve their effectiveness and skills by providing appropriate resources, mentoring, and evaluation. The head of school and the upper level administrators set the example of professional development through participation in activities, workshops, and conference opportunities.

A school with a strong Professional Development Program:

Resources

  • Applies 1% or more of its operating budget to professional development activities.
  • Designates a professional development liaison to coordinate professional development within the school and with NYSAIS.
  • Develops a toolkit that draws on diverse perspectives and scientific research both within and beyond the school community.
  • Underwrites technology—hardware, software, and training—for faculty and encourages use of the NYSAIS website.
  • Offers unconditional release time to faculty and staff so they can pursue professional development opportunities without having to “pay back” class/coaching/dormitory time.
  • Establishes, promotes, and supports professional development reading through subscribing to professional journals and maintaining a professional development library.
  • Promotes opportunities for summer professional development through grants, travel funds, books, online course work, etc.


Mentoring

  • Incorporates orientation programs for new faculty and staff at the beginning of each year, and encourages participation in special programs for beginning teachers (such as NYSAIS’ BTI).
  • Makes a commitment to assist veteran faculty/administrators mentoring new faculty/administrators.


Evaluation

  • Includes professional development in the review of faculty and staff performance.
  • Uses the NYSAIS (where appropriate) self-study, committee visit, and report as a means to promote professional development.


NYSAIS Events Registration
    • September 29, 2020 Trustee Governance Workshop 2020 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMZoom

      Speakers: Jackson Collins (Prep for Prep), Mark Lauria (NYSAIS), Mark Brossman (Schulte Roth & Zabel)
      Target Audience: Heads and School Trustees
      Registration and details here.

    • September 30, 2020 Early Childhood and Lower School Collaborations in Outdoor Learning 4:00 PM to 6:30 PMZoom

      Speakers: Leslie Day and Stephanie Rose
      Target Audience: Early Childhood and Lower School teachers and administrators

      Registration and details here.

      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.



    • October 1, 2020 Flexible Deeper Learning in An Uncertain Future: Teacher Leader Workshop Series 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMeSeminars on Zoom
      Online via zoom - Three-part workshop series;  Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 2020
      Audience:  All teachers in every grade and subject
      Details and Registration here!

      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.

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