Professional Development

Professional learning is an ongoing process at Conservatory Lab. As a school we recognize that teacher quality is the number one impact on student achievement and are therefore committed to supporting the learning of our staff throughout the school year. We look to the research which has found that,

“Professional development can no longer just be about exposing teachers to a concept or providing basic knowledge about a teaching methodology. Instead, professional development in an era of accountability requires a change in a teacher’s practice that leads to increases in student learning.”

Teaching the Teachers: Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, Allison Gulamhussein, September 2013 The Center for Public Education

At Conservatory Lab all teachers participate in weekly, Wednesday afternoon professional learning opportunities. This time is spent focusing on improving the quality of literacy instruction, creating positive classroom communities, integrating technology into instruction, and how to provide engaging meaningful and accessible instruction to all students. The work of the Wednesday afternoon sessions is supported during teacher collaborative planning times. In addition, over the summer teachers commit to two weeks of professional learning before the school year begins.