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
    • January 20, 2021 From Morocco to Dubai: Engagement and Immersion with Virtual Reality 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Mimi Melkonian, The Brunswick School
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and Upper School World Language Teachers
      Details and registration here.
      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.
    • January 21, 2021 Media Literacy in Action 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, Winston Preparatory School
      Two sessions, Thursdays, January 21 & 28, 2021
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Teachers, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
    • January 25, 2021 How to Be an Antiracist School 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMWebinar on Zoom
      Online via zoom - 
      Audience:  Educators, Administrators, Staff, Trustees, Students
      Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

      Details and Registration
    • January 27, 2021 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMZoom

      On Zoom
      Speakers: John Gulla, William Kummel, Elizabeth Denevi, Mariama Richards, Caryn Pass, Kristen Power, Suzanne Baumgarten, Mark Lauria, plus a panel of Board Chairs and Finance Chairs


      Details and registration here.

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