East Memorial Elementary School

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Analysis of East Memorial Elementary School Professional Development Activities Introduction East Memorial Elementary (EME) is consisting of Kindergarten through Fifth grades. The school is a part of Weld County School District Six (WCSD 6). The population of the school is a little over 500 students. The school is in Greeley, Colorado about an hour north from Denver. An Analysis of professional development was conducted to see how efficiently the training is changing attitudes, knowledge, and skill of the teaching staff. The purpose of this paper is to present an action plan that was developed based on the findings from the action research to improve professional developments at EME. Diagnose of the Problem The problem is the EME professional development (PD) is not efficiently changing the “…attitudes, collaboration, knowledge levels, skills, and practices of individuals that will assist them in performing their roles-present or future” (Robbins & Alvy, 2009, pg. 121). EME has an opportunity to improve how the school conducts PD’s based on research. According to Robbins and Alvy PD’s are very important to the overall success of the students. When teachers grow so do the students (2009, pg. 128). What questions then needs to be answered? What is the explanation of ineffective PD’s at EME? What actions would EME leadership need to take to increase the effectiveness of PD’s? To answer these questions an analysis was done to discover what steps need to be taken to improve EME PD’s. The goal or purpose of this planning is to create a highly effective PD that changes “…attitudes, collaboration, knowledge levels, skills, and practices of individuals that will assist them in performing their roles-present or future” (Robbins & Alvy,... ... middle of paper ... ... is interviewing the teaching staff asking now they feel about the study group activities. This is an action plan that was made to help create PD’s that will efficiently change the “…attitudes, collaboration, knowledge levels, skills, and practices of individuals that will assist them in performing their roles-present or future” (Robbins & Alvy, 2009, pg. 121). References Argyris, C. & Schon, D. A. (1996). Organizational learning II. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. Learning Forward (2012). Standards for professional learning Retrieved from http://learningforward.org/ Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Robbins, P. & Alvy, H. B. (2009). The principal’s companion (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin a Sage Company.
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