Today’s school districts face many challenges: from teacher shortages to shrinking budgets. Teachers and administrators must adhere to federal and state standards, keep up with ever-increasing paperwork, and most importantly, foster and maintain meaningful, positive relationships with students. Educators are also mandated to take a different approach to discipline, replacing punitive measures and suspension with restorative justice. While Restorative Practices might seem like another box to be checked, these methods have a profound, healing effect on the entire school community, reducing negative behaviors so that education, not behavior management, focuses on the classroom.
Customized Training Sessions
We at SRPC believe we’ve discovered the key to effective Professional Development for teachers. For teachers to fully buy into PD, it must 1) incorporate active learning, 2) support collaboration, and 3) provide expert support. These three traits are essential to teachers responding positively to the new ideas and concepts they encounter during PD sessions. They are the difference between tolerating PD and embracing it.
Subject Matter Experts
Experts in program content, are able to answer questions, relate learning to practical experiences, and conduct relevant problem-solving exercises.
Dominant Learning Approaches
Concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation.