Professional Development Plan
Attached below is the OPCSD Professional Development Plan (PDP) for the 2020-21 school year. The PDP plan, as recommended by the Superintendent of Schools, was adopted by the Board of Education on July 1,2020.
The contents of the Orchard Park Central School District Professional Development Plan include three main components. The first component, “A Plan for Professional Growth and Participation” has as its goal the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that teachers participate in substantial professional development. This plan prescribes an emphasis for collaboration and reflection with colleagues, site-determined experiences responding to expressed needs, and individually designed activities to further one’s competence and expertise.
The second component of the District Professional Development Plan consists of the “Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)”. The primary goal of the Professional Performance Review is to evaluate and improve the teaching/learning process in order to meet the developmental and educational needs of students, as well as to promote the professional needs of the faculty.
The third and last component of the Orchard Park Professional Development Plan is the “Mentoring Program”. The goal of the mentoring program in the district is to improve the quality of education through the collegial interaction of the entire staff – administrators, instructional leaders, classroom teachers, counselors, and support staff. Mentoring in our school district encourages excellence in the instructional program through good teaching, effective administrative leadership and supervision and support of students through school related personnel.