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Summer 2015 professional development opportunities:

  • GLAD two-day overview (July 14-15) and a GLAD demo week (July 20-24): If you want an entry-level course, the two-day overview is for you; in order to attend for the five-day demo training, you must first go to the two-day overview as a prerequisite and be willing to attend all five days (so a seven-day commitment in total). Registration and more information. If you are a classified employee and want to attend, please follow the registration process to be put on the waiting list as space is available. Questions? Contact Liliya Stefoglo, Director of ELL and Student Support Services.
  • Gear Up! Tukwila’s teachers, coaches, leaders and special guests are preparing a robust workshop schedule to kick-off the school year.  

    • Tool up with practical, hands-on strategies for engaging diverse learners in Science, Math, Literacy, ELL, and more

    • Sharpen your skills; share your best thinking, collaborate

    • Build new resources (print and digital) to enhance the learning environment for your students

    • Rethink and remodel your classroom through make-and-take

    • Grab your teacher’s toolbox and fill it with SWAG!

    The daily schedule for Gear Up! will feature a keynote speaker in the morning followed by three, two-hour workshops.  Stay one day or all three; one session or nine--the choice is yours!  Space is limited and clock hours will be offered. For the schedule of workshops and RSVP, please visit the Gear-Up! website.

  • Discovery  Education is offering a special STEM Academy as part of the district’s Gear UP! summer professional development series. This session will be Aug. 26 at Tukwila Elementary. The focus will be on fostering a problem-solving, creative, critical-thinking culture in classrooms across all subject areas. Register now!

  • Professional development days for special-education certificated staff are 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21, 2015. The special-education department will contact teachers directly with more information.

Professional development is a top priority for the Tukwila School District. Research shows that the most important educational factor in a student's success is a highly effective classroom teacher, and we need to ensure that our educators have the tools and skills they need to reach all levels of learners. Professional development opportunities are developed to support the district's strategic-plan student-learning goals. In addition to structured and collaborative staff-development time on Wednesday mornings, Tukwila staff members are offered ongoing classes in technology integration, differentiated instructional methods, and curriculum-specific method. 

Professional development resources for staff:

  • PLC definition:

In the Tukwila School District, PLCs are teacher-facilitated collaborative learning groups whose work is focused on increasing student achievement through continuous improvement of professional practices.  The work of PLCs is aligned with the goals of the district’s strategic plan, supported by principals, and shared with others.  Members of PLCs agree upon norms for their work together.