Do Support Staff Members Need PD?
One of the main focus points for every school leader during the summer are the offerings for Professional Development teachers will be presented with for the coming school year. While the idea process began months ago, summer is the time to pull together teacher leaders and set an agenda for the staff learning for the year.
As I start to think about our teachers, our challenges, and our certified staff PD for next year, an idea occurred to me. I’m not doing anything to help a large segment of our staff grow. Our non-certified support staff have needs just like our teachers. While their work is not instructional, it is important. If our school is going to be a place where “everyone learns,” as the leader, I have to think about how to help all staff members grow.
I’m going to take the leap this year, using a traditional PD approach. I’m going to purchase a book for each support staff member, ask them to read it, and be intentional about sitting down to talk with them about their takeaways.
As DuFour and Marzano point out in Leaders of Learning, “school improvement means people improvement.” Our view of this statement has become too narrow. “All must mean all” cannot just be a statement for our students.