Project-Based Professional Development

This year we are experimenting with a modified faculty evaluation model; it is “project-based PD*” or a year of in-depth inquiry for experienced faculty.  During the Inquiry Project Year, Hamlin teachers will be able to dig deeply into an area of their own practice that they have identified. As action researchers, teachers will use data, research, and reflection to investigate, modify, and improve their teaching practice.

One teacher’s project sought to give her students more freedom to explore during their visit to SF MOMA.  Our wonderful middle school art teacher, Ms. Feldman worked with technology integrator Ms. Davis to design a digital docent for her collaborative work with the museum:

All teachers who participate in the Inquiry Project Year will share their findings with their colleagues at a year-end celebration of learning. Teachers may work alone or in pairs, and they will form larger cohorts (“project teams”) to provide support and feedback throughout the Inquiry Project Year. As a complement to the project, teachers will be asked to administer a student survey to gather feedback about their teaching effectiveness.

* this link is for internal Hamlin users only

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