Darien official: Professional development effort with Teachers College working well
The Superintendent of Schools’ Office delivered an interim progress report on the 2015-2016 District Goals at a March 9 school board meeting.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Susie Da Silva, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services Shirley Klein, Director of Finance and Operations Michael Feeney and Director of Human Resources Marjorie Cion were on hand.
The district goals, which are available online at darienps.org, are broken into seven categories: Curriculum and instruction, business, human resources, community, facilities, technology and special education.
Curriculum and instruction were points of emphasis at the meeting, particularly the efforts with the Teachers College, as well as collaborative efforts across schools to develop a strong curriculum.
The partnership with Columbia allows for a continued dialogue with the school system. Staff developers are coming into Darien school and local teachers are sent to learn at the Teacher’s College. Administrators have also taken part in a principal consortium that meets at Teachers College monthly.
“There are a lot of good things happening as a direct result of the teachers working incredibly hard and being committed to this process, and certainly from support that we’ve received from staff developers at Teachers College,” Da Silva said.
Da Silva also discussed the collaborative effort of teachers throughout the district to develop a strong curriculum by implementing strategies learned during professional development and utilizing Scientific Research-Based Interventions, or SRBIs.
“We’re starting to create a common vision or understanding of what our K-12 curriculum should look like, and could look like. I think we are most excited about that work,” Da Silva said.