• PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS
     
    For more information contact: Dawn Christensen at dawn.christensen@swsc.org or call 507-537-2278.
    • Data Mining - Two day facilitated workshop assisting schools or districts in understanding the process of purposeful system analysis examining student achievement, demographic programs and perception data. In addition the schools or districts will begin the goal setting process by analyzing their system for areas of refinement.
    • School/District Improvement Plan - A SWWC School Improvement Specialist will assist your school or district in creating and submitting an Improvement Plan, based on data and best practices. Plans need to be completed and submitted in a 90 day window following the official release of MCA test results and AYP status from MDE.
    • AYP Leadership Team Facilitation - A SWWC School Improvement Specialist will assist your school or district in forming an effective AYP Leadership Team. Follow up can include attending meetings, providing resources and facilitating implementation and measuring the effectiveness of the Improvement Plan.
    • Parent Involvement - SWWC will host a workshop, in collaboration with the Minnesota Parent Involvement Resource Center (PACE), in October to help identify strategies to increase parent involvement and write meaningful goals for improvement planning.
    • Math & Reading Test Prep Strategies - Familiarizes educators with test content, format and types of questions represented on the MCA Math test.  Resources and strategies to implement into classroom instruction, as well as sample questions are provided to better prepare students for their testing experience.
    • Unpacking & Curriculum Alignment to the Standards - We sit down with leadership to determine what curriculum alignment process suites your district best then work in tandem with your teachers to develop an online curriculum map that can be the foundation on an ongoing school improvement process.
    • Instructional Coaching - The Division of Teaching & Learning is currently working on a model of Instructional Coaching to meet school's needs.  More information will be coming out soon.
    • Sheltered Instruction for Students - Provides a framework for developing and observing sheltered instruction. Participants learn the eight components of the SIOP model and their features and strategies to implement into instruction.
    • Principal Leadership & Support - A learning year for principals to help them with emerging demands of their instructional leadership and provide opportunity to network.
    • Enriching Instruction for all students (Math or Reading) - The common thread behind raising achievement for all learners is great instruction.  This model uses language-rich and application based instructional model to help all teachers make adjustments to their practice in a way that supports the achievement of all learners.
    • Formative Assessment - This professional development is based on the five attributes of formative assessment. Most teachers already implement these attributes to some degree, so deepening the understanding and implementation becomes the focus. Educators are provided with ready to use strategies. The outcome is to build a framework used by teachers and students that provides feedback, ongoing adjustment to teaching & learning, and improved student achievement.
    • Professional Learning Communities - Implementing, supporting and sustaining PLC's based on data and professional development and student learning needs.