Olympic ESD 114 Professional Development services are designed to offer relevant and meaningful professional growth opportunities for educators throughout our region to improve the learning of all students, birth to age 21. We provide teachers, principals, para-educators and specialized staff with the knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, pedagogy and assessment as well as tools to assure that education is personalized for each student.
Throughout the school year and summer, the Olympic ESD aims to provide quality professional development to educators. Courses have been specifically designed for teachers, administrators, special services and support staff to better provide services to students and parents. As trainings evolve, new Executive Director of Instructional and Support Services, Stephanie Parker states “We’ll be visiting districts to meet and learn about each districts important instructional initiatives to target Professional Development that meet district’s needs and learn how the ESD can best support these opportunities.”
Currently, leadership development opportunities are offered through the Teacher Principal Evaluation Pilot (TPEP) and Regional Curriculum Leadership Consortium.
Teachers have the opportunity to participate in various trainings, geared toward reading and writing in the classroom, Common Core State Standards, mathematics and science, usage of instructional materials and science kits, early learning, and technology. Specialized trainings developed for individuals providing other student services have been developed to address Emergency Response, Crisis Intervention and Substance Abuse, Conflict Resolution and Bullying.
Districts have the opportunity to participate in individualized professional development through support from trained instructors in Response to Intervention, Common Core State Standards, Math, Science, Literacy and Technology. No matter what format, we believe professional development must be responsive to identified needs, job embedded, and must be for everyone who affects student learning.