Professional Development at BCSC

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We feel very fortunate to have a team of experienced educators at the BCSC who are as passionate about their own learning as they are about student learning. Continuing to attract and retain top-notch professionals at all levels is a major priority for BCSC.

The BCSC approach to professional development involves a broad variety of opportunities for our staff to grow, reflect, share, and collaborate as professionals in an active learning community.

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A Multi-Level Career Path for Teachers

Core to its efforts to recruit and retain great teachers, BCSC commits to instituting a multi-level career path for its instructional staff members.

We designed this multi-level career path to promote growth everyday and over time. Each of our educators function at one of four levels:

  • Instructional Leaders: Instructional Leaders focus on instructional improvement. These individuals regulate, guide, and refine the performance of all teachers and the evolution of effective instructional practice at the BCSC.
  • Teacher Leaders: Teacher Leaders are professional, experienced educators. The BCSC identifies candidates on each grade level and on the specialty teaching team. The BCSC educational community supports these individuals to increase their own leadership capacity and contribute to further developing programs at the school.
  • Teachers: Teachers are strong and committed educators who are working towards professional status as a grade-level team leader. They previously earned their bachelors degree and are often pursuing their masters degree.
  • Assistant Teachers: Assistant Teachers observe other teachers and receive feedback about their own practice. The BSCS educational community closely monitors and supports these new professionals to encourage growth and movement toward Teacher status through a program of both teaching and observing.

Embedding Professional Development in Practice

Professional development at BCSC includes several unique aspects, in addition to the leveled support structure, that encourage great teaching and rigorous learning at the school.

Data-Driven Instruction

  • Routinely reviewing, analyzing, and strategizing student assessment data in teams and as a school offers many opportunities for reflection and active discussion around instructional practice.

BCSC Internal Systems

  • Instructional leaders provide professional development support through routine observations of classroom instruction, written feedback on weekly lesson plans, and modeling exercises.
  • Instructional leaders also provide whole-group instruction on topics related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment to support the practice of teaching. These sessions take place during the two weeks of staff development in August, on Friday afternoons 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, and on various other dates and times throughout the school year.

Teachers receive many opportunities to seek off-site professional development with the approval of the Executive Director. Frequently, teachers present the turnkey information gained through these experiences to their BCSC colleagues in order to increase significantly the impact on instructional practice across the school.

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