Staff Development

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Watch this space for information on the latest staff development opportunities for staff members of the Steamboat Springs School District.   Click here for the latest staff development calendar for the Steamboat Springs School District.  Check back periodically for updates.  Click here for a complete listing of staff development opportunities currently offered by the Steamboat Springs School District.         
Staff that would like to request funding for attendance at a professional development conference should use the district staff development funds request form and submitting it initially to their building principal and then have it sent on to the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Professional Development resources are now available through our Elementary Schools wiki and our High School wiki.  Use these to see what professional development opportunities are available at individual building sites.

Staff members looking for regional training opportunities should look at the NWBOCES professional development calendar

Educator Effectiveness
Commencing with the 2013-14 academic year the Steamboat Springs School District has moved to a new evaluation system that meets the requirements of SB-191, Educator Effectiveness.   In 2014-15 veteran staff members will receive an orientation to changes in the system from 2013-14 and new staff members will take part in a complete training session as part of their new teacher training.  All materials and reference materials for the Educator Effectiveness system of the Steamboat Springs School District can be found here

     In addition general reference material from the Colorado Department of Education can be found at their website on Educator Effectiveness or by clicking here.

Staff Development Council
The staff development council is a group of licensed staff that meets quarterly to review the comprehensive staff development program of the district and provides input and guidance on the future direction of staff development in the district.
  
Any staff member that is interested in serving on the council should contact Marty Lamansky, Director of Teaching and Learning at mlamansky@ssk12.org or via phone at 871-3194.

The calendar of the dates for the council meetings can be found here. The current list of council members is listed in this document.

Licensed Staff Technology Training Requirements and Opportunities
The Steamboat Springs School believes that effective use of technology in instructional practice is an essential skill in the 21st century.   We also believe that it is essential that the staff of the district is provided with the training and material resources to use to integrate technology into daily teaching practice.  

The district has adopted expectations concerning a teacher's web presence that can be found here.

In addition the district has adopted uniform expectations for all licensed staff concerning technology training for each year.   There are several options for licensed staff to be able to fulfill their PD requirement in the area of technology.  A full description of the options and the requirements can be found by clicking here.

Teachers may need to document individual staff development in the area of technology if the sessions that you attend do not provide you with independent certificates of attendance and/or transcript recording.   In order to document professional development in the area of technology teachers should use the form below.

Technology PD Log
    
Technology Training opportunities:

School Based Technology Mentors

Technology mentors have been established at each of the four major schools in the district.   Mentors are teaching staff members who have particular expertise at the use of, and integration of, particular technologies in the district.   For the 2014-15 academic year mentors have expertise in SMARTboard, iPad use and applications and Google apps for educators.  
 
Technology mentors can offer large group (whole staff, grade level, or department), small group or individual instruction.   If a principal or a staff member has need for some particular training or assistance with one of the three focus technologies they should contact their building mentor(s) to set up an opportunity.

School based Technology Mentors.  Click on the mentors name to e-mail a request

SSHS

 
Soda Creek Elementary
 
SPE
 
SSMS

Suggestion Box

We know that there are multiple needs for staff development among our staff.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or questions about staff development please submit them via this e-mail link: Staff Development inquiry/suggestion.

District Wide Professional Development Days

This page will contain the schedules and overviews for the district professional development days.  Use this as a reference for overviews, schedules, and tasks for the day.

October 10, 2014
BOCES Collab day @ SSHS

February 6, 2015
Agenda

March 6, 2015 Agendas

April 10, 2015 Agendas

Requests for Funding of Professional Conferences
Are you looking for funding to help you pay for a professional development conference?  The Steamboat Springs School District has multiple methods for funding of your requests.  Follow this procedure to request funding:

1. Have a conversation with your building principal about the professional conference and why you believe it will be beneficial for you and your students.  Be prepared to explain how will share the knowledge from your conference with your colleagues.   If your principal is in support of the request then

2. Fill out the request for funding form and have your building principal sign the form.  Send the form over to the District Office care of the Director of Teaching and Learning.

3. Send an e-mail to the Director of Teaching and Learning to let him/her know of your request.

You should be notified within 5 working days of the status of your request and any follow up procedures you will need to follow.

Teacher Induction Program
The Steamboat Springs School District has a two year induction program for all teachers who are new to the profession and the school district.   Any teacher who is currently on their initial license and has not completed an approved induction program in the state of Colorado must complete the program in order to obtain their professional teacher license.  
      New teachers who meet this requirement will be assigned a mentor teacher and be in the program for a two year period.   Building principals will inform new staff who their mentor is and provide the initial information.   The program will also be reviewed as part of the new staff training that takes place at the start of each academic year.   Below are some of the specific policies, forms, and documents that inductees and mentors will need for the program.

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