By adopting push in, job embedded professional development practices, teachers are out of their classrooms much less than has been the case in the past. During the first three nine week periods of the school year, there were almost 1,000 fewer staff absences due to professional development, thus greatly reducing the need for substitute teachers
“The literacy and numeracy coaches have played an integral role in providing quality professional development in small time increments as part of every day activity,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “We’ve been able to adopt the coaching model through a reallocation of resources, rather than adding any positions.”
Literacy and numeracy coaches K-5 support teachers’ instruction in all of our elementary schools. Their instructional expertise and ability to stay on the cutting edge of the latest best practices is a more effective method of professional development than teachers being pulled out of the classroom to sit through lectures and exercises.
One of Dublin City Schools’ top priorities is to become a leaner and more efficient organization as part of one of our main missions of continuous improvement. By following private sector managerial philosophies such as Lean Six Sigma, the District continues to make strides in the area of organizational efficiency. Lean Six Sigma is a data driven problem-solving process used by many of the top companies in the world.