Professional Development

The professional development of teachers is a key ingredient
in improving our nation's schools.

From Secondary Lenses on Learning, (Grant, Mills, Bouck, Davidson, et al, 2009)

Professional Development

Professional development in the Evesham Township School District encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from formal coursework and conferences to informal meetings and learning opportunities situated in practice. There are a variety of approaches to professional development, including coaching, in-services, lesson study, mentoring, grade level/department meetings, workshops, Professional Learning Communities, reflective supervision, and technical assistance. These programs may be formal or informal, individualized or group-based. The state of NJ requires educators to document their own professional growth by accumulating professional development hours annually.

The district's Curriculum Department provides an extensive fall and spring professional development calendar that includes a wide variety of professional development opportunities focused on student learning and improved classroom practices. Approximately 20 - 40 workshops are offered on each calendar. The majority of the offerings are given by in-house Curriculum Supervisors at no additional cost to the district. This also includes technology workshops given by the District's Technology Coordinator. Supervisors and the Technology Coordinator combine their unique knowledge of the district with content area expertise to develop workshops based on the needs of teachers and students.

The Curriculum Department also coordinates with the Lenape Regional Curriculum Consortium to provide an annual professional development day, which targets staff members in the related arts and special services areas.

In addition, building-based workshops are also arranged and offered at the school level on an as needed basis. These professional development offerings are coordinated between the Curriculum Department and the individual school buildings. Building-based workshops are given by key personnel and are designed to address the needs of individual buildings. Workshop presenters include but are not limited to PLC/CFG Facilitators, Principals, Reading Specialists, Tier III Coordinators, Math and Technology Coaches.

The Special Education Department also organizes and offers workshops specific to particular areas of need and/or interest in this area.

Summer 2021 PD Offerings

All summer 2021 offerings are for new and returning Evesham Township School District staff only, as the instructional content is specific to the ETSD curriculum.
New staff to the district or returning teachers that are switching grade or content areas are encouraged to attend the Summer Institutes listed below that apply to your position.  The ActivPanel Basics is designed for any staff, new or returning, that will have an ActivPanel in their classroom and has not attended this training session previously.  The Responsive Classroom Refresh is being offered to any interested returning elementary classroom teacher.  Please click on each of the following links for an overview and registration information:

Please be aware these are all Level I Workshop; therefore, participants are paid at the professional rate for their attendance.  There is however a small registration fee associated with each workshop.  All sessions have a minimum number of required participants in order to be able to run as scheduled, so be sure to register at your earliest convenience.  A confirmation email will be sent to all participants following the registration deadline. 

2020-2021 PD Session Highlights

The fall/winter and winter/spring catalogs offered approximately 75 sessions to staff members. Highlights included session titles such as:

  • Book Orientations: More than Just a Picture Walk (Gr. K-3)
  • Guided Writing (Gr. K-5)
  • Jamboard (Gr. K-8)
  • LGBTQ 101 (Gr. K-8)
  • Math Workshop, Pandemic Style (Gr. K-1)
  • Technology in the Classroom Troubleshooting (Gr. K-8)
  • Virtual Math Workshop (Gr. 2-5)
  • Virtual Science Lessons (Gr. K-5)
  • Word Work in a Hybrid World (Gr. 5-8)

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

The ETSD annually offers multi-day institutes for new staff in August focused on the following areas: Literacy, Math, Technology, and Responsive Classroom. Institute flyers are posted here in June of each school year and staff that have not previously attended these sessions are encouraged to attend.

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