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
    • October 25, 2021 Enabling Their Best: Counteracting Stereotype Threat in Adolescents - A 2-Part series 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Julian McNeil, Salubrious Consulting
      A 2-Part event: October 25 & November 1, 2021
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Target Audience: Middle and Upper School Educators in all roles

      Details and registration here.
    • October 26, 2021 An Approach to Social, Emotional, Academic Development for Humanities Teachers, with Facing History and Ourselves 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Katie Leo, Facing History and Ourselves
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Humanities teachers, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
    • November 2, 2021 Systemic Differentiation: Three Ways to Design Units that Foster Equity and Empowerment (3-part series) 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      This is a 3-part series: Tuesdays, November 2,9,16, 2021; 4-5:30 p.m.

      Discover three different approaches to designing meaningful units of study that provide multiple ways for diverse groups of students to achieve the learning goal.

      Please note that the three sessions build on each other for a cumulative experience. Participants are encouraged to attend all three, and sessions will be recorded and provided to all registrants.

      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Lauren Porosoff, Empower Forwards
      Target Audience: Classroom teachers in all subjects and grade levels, department chairs, and academic administrators

      Details and registration here.
    • November 4, 2021 How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      A Community Conversation
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Dr. Clint Smith, Author, Journalist, Poet
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Target Audience: All educators, K-12
      Details and registration here.
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