Professional staff development provides continuing education opportunities and access to the Federal Programs Library. Opportunities consist of courses with credit opportunities, and also workshops, with the opportunity for sharing your best practices.
Federal Programs offers ongoing opportunities for staff development through seminars and classes for credit from UAF and other universities. Focus for the classes range from basic introduction to in-depth training in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Links to specific class offerings are at left.
What you should know about changes to Title I professional development in 2013-2014
Title I professional development is funded by Federal Title I grant monies. Due to Alaska's NCLB waiver going into effect school year 2013-2014, there are some changes to the professional development provided by Federal Programs department. These changes are outlined in the following PDF document:
This document explains also the four settings of Title I Professional Development: PLCs (or other small groups), School-based, Across Title I Schools, and Individually.
An example of School-based professional development is Safe & Civil Schools Implementation, offered upon principal request as resources allow. The following is an excerpt from Safe & Civil Schools Implementation course syllabus:
"Safe & Civil Schools uses the research-based resources by Randall Sprick, Ph.D. to operationalize behavior management best practices at the school level and within classrooms. Focusing on creating, teaching, observing, and rewarding clear, agreed-upon expectations for a variety of learning situations including transitions and social interactions in schools, the course is designed to help teachers identify their idiosyncratic, often hidden, thus confusing, and complex behavior expectations. Having made expectations explicit, participants engage in the on-going cycle of teaching expectations, observing student behavior, and providing feedback. The course facilitates collaboration by inducting school-wide Guidelines for Success, revising classroom rules and routines, and creating letters to families. The course also facilitates ongoing implementation through data-collection to inform continued professional development about behavior management."
For more information please contact the Title I Professional Development Department
- Professional Development Registration and Information
- Curriculum Department Professional Development