"Helping Move your Professional Practice Forward"
Gilbert Public Schools is committed to having prepared and knowledgeable professionals in every classroom. Teaching is a profession that requires continued training, growth and development ... especially for those who are new to the profession or new to our District. Various studies have proven what we have known for years; the classroom teacher is an important indicator of student success. In order to meet our goal of providing the best educational opportunities possible for our students, the District has mandated a professional development program for all teachers new to Gilbert Public Schools.
Teachers new to Gilbert Public Schools are required to complete a number of Professional Development coursework hours that provides the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to be a successful member of our learning community. GPS is dedicated to educating each child through a Rigorous Curriculum that is presented via Relevant lessons by instructors who understand the importance of building Relationships with their students.
Category A: Rigor
If we are to stretch our students’ learning, knowledge and skills, we must provide a rigorous curriculum that appropriately challenges our students to meet 21st century learning criteria. Providing a rigorous educational setting starts with our knowledge of curriculum. Our ability to organize and present information in a useful manner and other workplace skills that help us master the multiple responsibilities of the profession.
Category B: Relevance
Keeping students engaged with the curriculum via relevant lessons is a key to our success. How we choose to present our lessons, manage our classes and report student progress can significantly impact students’ ability to be successful. Utilizing a variety of instructional strategies, understanding various learning styles, being able to evaluate and modify lessons to meet the needs of all learners, and incorporating technology in the classroom are skills that will ensure success for teachers and students.Category C: Relationships
Teachers who build relationships with their students will experience fewer discipline issues and increased academic achievement. Research supports the long-standing belief that establishing a safe and welcoming learning environment is a cornerstone to increasing academic achievement at all levels. GPS is dedicated to employing individuals who honor diversity, model respect and character in the classroom, and create a safe environment that is inclusive of all.