The purpose of professional learning in Spring Lake Park Schools is to continuously enhance the learning of all students by engaging all staff in ongoing learning and support that continuously and collaboratively develops their knowledge and skills.
Professional learning is essential to accomplishing high achievement for all students. Spring Lake Park School’s Learning Community Framework purposefully integrates professional learning with the continuous improvement planning process at the school and PLC level, as well as within our practices related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
In alignment with the Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning and definition of professional learning, professional learning in Spring Lake Park schools:
SLP Academy is our professional learning academy that provides staff throughout the district with a variety of learning opportunities that align with district strategic initiatives and projects. Topics for SLP Academy are determined through examination of student learning needs, curriculum development and implementation schedules, emerging evidence-based practices, and information gathered from staff.
Three sessions of SLP Academy are offered throughout the year: winter, spring, and summer. The educational services team works with internal and external staff as appropriate to design and facilitate courses. Participation in SLP Academy is required as part of the new teacher induction program, and is optional for all other staff. Participants receive one board credit; teachers at MA+60 may choose to receive a stipend. Questions regarding SLP Academy can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.