The primary goal of all professional development is to improve student learning. Professional development content should be based on a careful analysis of school performance on MSPAP and on student work in the classroom. Professional development is designed to help participants carry out the improvement priorities set by each school.
Once the school improvement plan is developed, you will need to identify what a teacher needs to know and be able to do to implement the strategies. A staff development plan must be developed to address staff needs to ensure that staff can implement the school improvement strategies. The plan needs to identify how staff meetings, staff in-service, staff recognition, and staff monitoring will focus on the school improvement objectives. The calendar will help you organize the staff development over a school year and will be a good check on whether you have organized the training in a feasible time frame. It should include not just the staff development activity to introduce new content or process, but it should also include time for staff to practice, plan, implement, and problem-solve the new learning. Once you have mapped out all of the staff development activities that you are trying to offer, you will be able to see if you have overloaded any one month or even overwhelmed staff with too many activities. You will be able to see if your expectation for implementation actually allows enough time for teachers to do so.
You might like to review three formats for creating annual staff development calendars that were used by Washington Grove Elementary School: