Professional Development

Welcome to DRRSD'S Professional Development Page

Our offerings consist of a variety of opportunities for our educators to acquire and improve their content knowledge and classroom understandings. Our professional development program is designed to create opportunities for our staff, that will enable constant improvement and growth.

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SMART PD

Smart PD is our new district-wide system for professional development. Through this system teachers can register for district and outside professional development opportunities, keep track of their PD participation, print out PDP certificates and manage re-certification requirements (IPDPs).

To access it please follow the directions below.

To Login : use the first part of your DR e-mail as your username and 'drrpd' as your temporary password.
Help
within the SMART PD section of the site is easily accessed by clicking the 'Support' button in the upper left hand corner.
To Register for courses: Go to the 'Offerings' section and navigate through district, collaborative or regional offerings. Courses can be accessed by the offerings calendar or by searching with keywords.
To print and manage PD participation navigate through the 'Records' section.
*** Please note that PDPs will not automatically show up on your transcript/certificate until the SMART PD administrator verifies attendance/ completion of the PD activity.***
To request that a PD activity is added to your Smart PD transcript go to the 'Settings' section and submit a request. Also, in ' Settings' be sure to update and fill in all of your user information.
*** Please note that this request is not in place of the formal 'hard copy' request procedure to attend and seek approval for reimbursement toward PD activities (e.g.workshops,conferences, courses).
To access district forms and other pertinent information click on the 'About' section.
*** If your log in does not work please contact Celeste Sullivan csullivan@drregional.org
To access the SMART PD section of this site please click on the triangle below

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Mentoring Resources

DRRSD community is interested in supporting teachers who are new to the profession and those who are new to the district though a comprehensive mentoring and induction program. We offer two year of one-to-one mentoring with an experienced peer who is matched as closely as possible with the prot'g's grade and subject area of teaching. In year three our teachers who are new to the profession participate in group mentoring and discussions around problems of practice and solutions. The program is based on the "Mindful Mentoring” strategies of Carol Pelletier Radford.

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Professional Development Initiatives' Resources

One of the ways that we gauge the effectiveness of our professional development is through the use of learning walks. This process is driven by a non-evaluative rubric of 'look-fors' that teams can frame a conversation about teaching and learning during a snapshot in time. By observing teaching and learning in practice we can make decisions to adjust professional development and/or deploy resources that will ultimately raise student achievement. The rubric and protocol for learning walks can be found here: DLW Rubric

We have many on-going professional development initiatives that are directly connected to our School and District Improvement Plans. Below you will find links to shared resources to assist educators. These resources are being updated often so please check back. Please note that in most cases you must have a drregional.org account and sign in to access these folders.

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In addition to accessing the professional development opportunities for all of the collaboratives through the SMART PD platform, below are some additional opportunities. DRRSD does not endorse the organizations in this list.

SMARTS collaborative

Ed camp

MassCue

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Educator Evaluation System at DRRSD

We consider the Educator Evaluation System with the 5-step process to be a major source of professional development for educators through self-assessment, goal setting, and on-going strategic feedback to educators. Below you will find resources pertaining to Ed. Eval in DRRSD.

TEACHER EVALUATION RESOURCES

Helpful inks (drregional sign in needed after click)

Evaluation Language

Teacher Reference Language w/Chart

Teacher Rubrics

Goal Setting

Collaboration Checklist

Formative Assessment (NPTS)

Formative Evaluation (PTS)

Summative Evaluation


Presentations

- August Convocation (5 step cycle & self-assessment)

- September faculty meeting (Goal setting)

- October faculty meeting (Observations/Evidence)

- Video Resources from DESE

For any questions related to professional development in the district please contact Dr. Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou, Asst. Supt.

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