Professional Development

Long-Range Goals

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: In five years, all students will meet or exceed their individual growth targets.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Provide and implement common expectations for joyful and challenging learning across the district.

PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Provide a mutually supportive professional environment that features collaboration, collegiality and strategic, impactful staff development.

PARTNERSHIPS: Hawthorn District 73 will have a district-wide community volunteer program to support student learning.

RESOURCES: Ensure a stable fiscal position that provides the required resources, personnel, facilities, programs, and technology to continually sustain Hawthorn District 73’s strategic mission and vision.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: In five years, all students will meet or exceed their individual growth targets.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Provide and implement common expectations for joyful and challenging learning across the district.

High Level Strategy #5

Provide a mutually supportive professional environment that features collaboration, collegiality and strategic, impactful staff development. Focus Professional Development resources toward professional learning community and curriculum training/implementation.

      • All members of Hawthorn’s administrative team attended a week-long conference and were trained by Dr. Rick Dufour and other nationally known leaders and authors on how to lead and support professional learning committees in their own buildings.
      • Two full-time instructional coaches are on staff for the 2015-2016 school year and are trained to support teachers as they refine instructional practices to improve student achievement.
      • A multi-tiered induction model was created to support new teachers and to utilize existing staff’s knowledge and expertise. Clear roles, responsibilities and outcomes are identified and shared with all staff.
      • Two building mentors are housed at every building to support new teachers on a daily basis. Additionally, building mentors from all buildings meet together throughout the school year together to analyze teachers’ needs and create targeted professional development and support.
      • Professional development opportunities, such as teacher institute days, after school sessions, and outside conferences are designed and approved based on the alignment of the Hawthorn Strategic Plan Goals.
      • A Hawthorn Professional Development Committee, which represents teachers from all subject areas, building administrators and the coordinator of staff development began this past year to work collaboratively to assess teachers’ needs and interests in the area of professional development. Plans for future work of this committee involve surveying staff and researching personalized professional development systems that allow teachers to access professional development anytime, anywhere. Additionally, based on teachers’ input, this group suggested a “choice” faculty-meeting concept that will be implemented for the first time this upcoming school year. Three times this year, during a regularly scheduled building faculty meeting, three different sessions will be offered simultaneously. Teachers may choose to go to any of the three sessions that they decide will move their practice forward.
      • Second year teachers will be participating in self-directed professional development based on their own self-assessment and goal setting. An on-line support, “Global PD”, brings categorized videos and a variety of other supportive resources to teachers anytime, anywhere. Their activities on the site are monitored and assessed and will be used for future planning of professional development. Built-in discussion and collaboration tools are included in the site.
      • Building schedules are designed with common planning time built in so most teachers have time available during their school day to collaborate.
      • Six early release days have been placed in the 2015-2016 Hawthorn School District 73 calendar so teachers can meet across buildings to articulate on our guaranteed and viable curriculum.
      • Districtwide training has been completed on writing Stage 1 (Desired Results) of multi-disciplinary units that are aligned to the common core.
      • During the 2015-2016 school year all staff will be trained in designing common assessments (Stage 2) that are aligned to last year’s identified Stage 1 outcomes.
      • A group of both general education and special education teachers and administrators attended the “Illinois Includes” Conference in April 2015. The team, with guidance from the director of special education, began charting a multi-year plan for general education and special education teachers to work together to move toward a more “inclusive” model of education. Later that same year, in August 2015, another group of teachers and administrators attended the “Schools of Promise” Conference in Syracuse, New York to solidify steps in moving toward more inclusive practices.
      • Three Hawthorn district administrators and two building administrators attended a five-day course entitled, “Closing the Achievement Gap” at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard professors shared both extensive research and strategies that districts can utilize to meet the needs of all students. A special portion of the course was how to best collaborate with parents to support the achievement of their students.
      • Hawthorn School Leadership Teams are in place at all buildings to support the building’s school improvement plan. Members of the building’s SLT analyze data and plan steps to improve.
      • Three to four members of Hawthorn teachers and administrators from every building comprise the Hawthorn Planning Committee. This group meets monthly and plans actions and systems to implement Hawthorn’s Strategic Plan. Membership is usually a two to three year commitment.

Mission Statement:

Inspire all students to embrace learning in an ever changing world.