KOA Educational Consulting LLC

Redefining the educational climate in the 21st Century

Supporting Principals to create shared leadership

Professional Development

Professional development is the strategy schools and school districts use to ensure that educators continue to strengthen their practice throughout their career.  It is the only strategy school systems have to bolster educators' performance levels and raise student achievement.

Principals who are instructional leaders participate in professional development designed primarily for teachers so that they can support its outcomes.  In addition, principals need professional development to address their specific roles and responsibilities.

What are the modes of professional development?

  • Study groups among peers
  • Coaching
  • Faculty, grade level, department meetings and collaborations
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Online, college, university   courses

Common Core

Full implementation of Common Core State State Standards will occur over several years in the context of a continuous learning process.
The awareness phase:
Introduction to CCSS, the initial planning system implementation, and establishment of collaboration.
The transition phase:
Implementing needs assessment, establishing new professional opportunities, and expanding collaborations between stakeholders.
Implementation phase:
Expand new professional learning support through curriculum alignment, instruction and assessment.
California's local educational agencies are in the process of developing its own local plan for CCSS systems implementation based on local needs and resources.

Using Technology

As we look at English Language Arts common core standards, there are technology standards embedded within.
Recommended student technology skills for common core:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as understanding the concepts of hardware, software and connectivity.
Technology skills ~ Basic operations, Word processing and desktop publishing, database, spreadsheet (tables, charts, and graphs), Internet, networking, online communication, Multimedia presentation tools, Web authoring.
2. Demonstrate the responsible use of technology, and understanding the ethics and safety issues using electronic media at home, school, and in society.
Technology skills ~ Ethics, classroom and society, Health and Safety.
3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.
Technology skills ~ Research (gathering and using information), Problem solving, Communication and Collaboration.