Tailored Professional Development
Preparing Teachers with 21st Century Skills
Based on the KCI’s expertise in providing high quality professional development programs, schools and districts are increasingly engaging the KCI to provide training specifically tailored to a school or district’s needs. The goal of these programs is to prepare teachers to implement 21st century skills into daily instructional practice through an intensive process of learning how to implement new teaching methodologies, which meet current educational standards. KCI also specializes in training teachers on a variety of hardware and software tools, including free web 2.0 applications that engage students and support student-centered learning. These engagements take many forms and vary in length, depending on the needs and goals of the schools and districts.
Preparing Teachers to Implement Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
Schools and districts are continuing to support teachers as they implement common core standards and the impact they will have across all disciplines and curriculum. Districts are also now facing the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Not only are technology skills critical to implement both common core and NGSS, they are key to improving teacher productivity, improving student learning outcomes, and improving teacher and student engagement.
Tailored Programs Developed to Meet School and District Needs and Goals
The KCI has developed models to engage with schools and districts to support their professional development needs. One option provides continuing education units (CEU’s) for participating in the program, paid for either by the school/district or the individual teacher, and allows teachers credit on their school district salary schedule. Some schools/districts are not interested in their teachers receiving CEU’s. In this case the KCI offers a contract education option. For both approaches, the KCI conducts an assessment to understand the needs of the teachers to shape the most appropriate program curriculum. This assessment results in a tailored program to meet the school/district’s specific professional development goals. The KCI staff work with the school/district to determine the format, length, and cost of the program.
KCI Provides Support for Schools and Districts in Implementing Makerspaces
KCI has developed a Mini Maker program to help schools and districts launch their own makerspaces. Many schools and districts are starting to launch makerspaces, but recognize the need to train teachers and staff to work and teach in the spaces. KCI provides the consulting and the tool-specific curriculum tailored to a school or district's specific situation. To learn more, contact gro.retnecnoitavonniesuarknull@smargorp.