Staff Development

Staff Development

Tahoma Learns WordleIn Tahoma we have a deep commitment and expectation for Quality Learning Every Day in Every Classroom for Every Child. Support for that high expectation is our staff development model, which includes weekly early release time for staff collaboration and learning. Primary support to ensure effective use of this time is our principals, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders. In addition to time for team learning and collaboration are opportunities for teachers to select from an array of optional trainings throughout the school year.

The calendar below provides all staff with easy access to sign up for training across the district. When you click on a title of an event, you’ll see the class description and a link to register. If you do not see the link to register, click “more details” to expand the event. Please note: In order to register, you will need to sign in with your GoTahoma account information. If you have not already set a password for this account or have forgotten your password, contact your BTS.

Currently, the Tahoma School District has an early release on most Fridays during the school year. Student instructional time is 90 minutes less on these early release days than on a normal school day. This total time lost for students is equal to that lost in previous years to 9 early release days and 3 full professional development days. Teacher and principals are finding the weekly early release to be very supportive of our focus on best instructional practices.

Common uses for early release time include:

  • new learning regarding the Common Core standards
  • new learning to support our Classroom 10 - Key Content best practices
  • review of instructional videos focusing on best instructional practices
  • collaborative examination of student work
  • team collaboration on lesson design
  • design of interventions for students
  • implementation of new curriculum units
  • technology implementation into lessons and units
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