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The first day of school for KCS students is August 7, 2017.

Professional Learning

Professional Learning for KCS Faculty & Staff

The Professional Learning Vision of Kingsport City Schools is framed within our guiding tenets, specifically the Core Values, Goals, Core Competencies, and Key Practices. Our professional learning efforts are inclusive of all Kingsport City School employees and focus on the four areas of Induction/Mentoring, Continuous Learning, Professional Learning Communities, and Succession Planning. The four focus areas provide the major work of every department, is cyclical, and in constant refinement.  Initial large scale and broad based learning may take place at the district level and then shifts to the implementation phase of learning. Implementation of new learning and continuous learning is situated within the schools and teams through job embedded approaches such as professional learning communities and the support of administrators and instructional design specialists. The multi-layered approach to professional learning allows for appropriate implementation expectations with the necessary feedback, reflection, refinement, and follow-through for the application of new learning model.

 

KCS Professional Learning Calendar

Click here to view the KCS Professional Learning Calendar on Google.
Click the interested session for details and registration information.
If you have further questions, contact Dr. Stephanie L. Potter at spotter@k12k.com or 423-378-5193.
 

 

Professional Learning Needs Assessment

Click here to complete the Professional Learning Needs Assessment on Google Docs.

Professional Learning 

Needs Assessment

What does this look like in your department?

Who is responsible for facilitating or organizing?

How does this look in a typical day/month/year?  Is it in-person, online, blended?  Is there an expense attached to the process?

When and how often is the process carried out?  

How does the process align with school or district goals/guiding tenets?

Induction/Mentoring

         

Continuous Learning

         

PLC/Collaboration

         

Succession Planning

         

The Professional Learning Visioning Team has determined four areas of focus for Professional Learning Needs.  Please answer the questions (not all-inclusive as you can add additional information as it helps each department plan) and identify areas of strength in which to celebrate.  Then, please determine an area where there has been a gap identified and determine an action plan to address the identified gap.   Please include in the action plan the timeline for planning, learning, implementation, reflection, and refinement.  
Please contact Dr. Stephanie Potter, Director of Professional Learning at (423) 378.5193 or spotter@k12k.com with questions regarding Professional Learning and/or New Teacher Resources.
The webinar also contains information regarding Professional Development Points (PDPs).
 

Teaching Literacy in Tennessee and Summer Learning Series

Audience: Directors of Schools and Elementary Supervisors, Principals, and Educators
Contact: Katy.Schmitt@tn.gov


Last week, the department released a practical guidance document called Teaching Literacy in Tennessee, which outlines the high-impact teaching practices that will help Tennessee educators develop students into proficient readers and thinkers. Educators can access the webinar recording and PowerPoint from the kick-off event here.

The department will facilitate a summer learning series of webinars, with each session focused on exploring a different part of this document. The summer learning series will culminate with regional, in-person events (with a webinar option) on literacy unit design. For dates and details, click here.

We recommend this learning series for pre-K through grade 4 teachers and school leaders, including special educators and ESL teachers, and we would appreciate your support in sharing this information with your educators.

2017-2018 PowerSchool Collaboratives        
Date Time Topic Targeted Audience Location:        
5/22/2017 8:30 am - 10:30 am PowerTeacher Pro demo for pilot group Teachers - Pilot group ASC Tech Lab        
7/10/2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PowerSchool - Elementary scheduling (Day 1) Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
7/11/2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PowerSchool - Elementary scheduling (Day 2) Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
7/18/2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PowerTeacher Pro demo for pilot group Teachers - Pilot group ASC Tech Lab        
7/25/2017 8:00 am - 9:30 am PowerSchool - Secondary BOY info Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab        
7/27/2017 8:00 am - 9:15 am Daily attendance count process review Elementary ASC Tech Lab        
7/27/2017 10:00 am - 11:15 am Daily attendance count process review Secondary ASC Tech Lab        
7/27/2017 11:30 am - 12:15 pm PowerSchool attendance process (NEW for 17-18) Secondary attendance clerk ASC Tech Lab        
8/24/2017 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm PowerSchool 5/10/15 attendance letter process (NEW for 17-18)   ASC Tech Lab        
8/31/2017 7:30 am - 9:00 am PowerSchool - Progress report process review Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
8/31/2017 9:30 am -11:00 am PowerSchool - Progress report process review Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab        
10/5/2017 7:30 am - 9:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab Consider Elementary piggy back audit      
10/5/2017 9:30 am -11:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab Consider Secondary piggy back audit      
12/7/2017 7:30 am - 9:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
12/7/2017 9:30 am -11:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab        
2/1/2018 7:30 am - 9:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
2/1/2018 9:30 am -11:00 am PowerSchool - Quarterly Collaborative Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab        
5/3/2018 7:30 am - 9:00 am PowerSchool - EOY Collaborative Elementary secretary ASC Tech Lab        
5/3/2018 9:30 am -11:00 am PowerSchool - EOY Collaborative Secondary PS Admin person ASC Tech Lab        
2017-2018 Other Collaborative Opportunities for Office Staff
Structure - The first 75 minutes (Maximum-9:00-10:15 AM) will be dedicated to the specified topic for learning and the remaining 15 minutes will be for open discussion for collaboration (this is a minimum of 15 minutes, it could potentially be expanded to 30 or 45 minutes, depedning on the topic for learning and the facilitator(s) of the learning).
Date Time Topic Targeted Audience Location:
9/13/2017 9:00-10:30 Powerschool with Becky Clark Office Assistants, Bookkeepers ASC Tech Lab
11/8/2017 9:00-10:30 Bookkeeping/Audit Findings with David Frye/Loretta Mixon Bookkeepers ASC Tech Lab
2/14/2018 9:00-10:30 Google Suite for Sweets with Kevin Surgener Office Assistants, Bookkeepers, Secretaries ASC Tech Lab
3/14/2018 9:00-10:30 Microsoft Office with TBD Office Assistants, Bookkeepers, Secretaries ASC Tech Lab
4/11/2018 9:00-10:30 Communication Done Right with CL PL Committee (Letters, email, grammar, phone, and customer service) Office Assistants, Bookkeepers, Secretaries ASC Tech Lab
6/13/2018 8:00-4:00 Productivity Retreat (Tentative) Office Assistants, Bookkeepers, Secretaries ASC Tech Lab
2017-2018 Cross Training (School-based)
Plan between 30-90 minutes of job-embedded cross training in your school or plan to visit another school (can be in incremental timeframes) during the following weeks (PowerSchool, Process Documentation, and topics per collaboratives). Participants should identify key takeaways with each training opportunity to share with other office staff.
Week of August 14 - 18
Week of October 9 - 13
Week of November 13 - 17
Week of January 8 - 12
Week of April 16 - 20