Summer Professional Development

Ready for a Summer Reset?  Five Minutes Is All It Takes To Better Serve Diverse Learners!

So you’ve beaten the end of the year rush and had (not enough) time to take a breath…Now what?  As an administrator, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into planning for next year.  Need some inspo on how to best serve diverse learners?  We have you covered.  

Our Latest Tool

Now live on our website, the Special Education Quality Self-Assessment provides a quick pulse check for leaders and teachers to see how they stack up against the competencies for providing authentic inclusion and receive customized recommendations based on strengths and challenges. School leaders can conduct the assessment and reflect on the school practices or reflect on their individual practices as school leaders and teachers can take the assessment to reflect on their individual teaching practices. Following the short survey, you will receive a PDF with your results and some suggestions for how to get started on your improvement journey.  It’s all aligned to the most current research about what works for meeting the needs of diverse learners, it’s quick and easy, and it will put you ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for the fall.  

How to Use It

Here are a couple of recommendations on how schools can put this tool into action this summer: 

  • Ask your leadership team to take the self-assessment to reflect on the school’s practices. Schedule a meeting for the team to share their results, lessons learned, and craft manageable improvement goals based on your key findings. Make sure someone is responsible for tracking progress on and following up on your improvement goals.
  • Take the self-assessment to reflect on your individual practices and create improvement goals for the year. Share your plan with your team. This type of transparent leadership will promote trust and encourage a growth and improvement mindset throughout the school.
  • Plan a back-to-school session for your teachers to take the self-assessment and reflect on their individual practices. Based on the assessment, ask them to create one or two professional development goals for the coming year to work on any areas of improvement. Follow up on progress to goals throughout the year and empower your teachers to own their professional development journey.  

Summer moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and self-assess once in a while, you could miss it!

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