“We owe it to our teachers, students, and our nation to ensure that our teachers have the training and on-going support they need to
prepare students for the 21st Century.” - Mary Ann Wolf
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) shall consist of the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, a school principal, and two unit members from each building selected by the Association. The committee shall be co-chaired by a unit member and a member of the administration.
2010 - 2011 Team Members
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) was established as part of the agreement between the Manchester Essex Regional School Committee and the Manchester Essex Teachers’ Association.
The responsibility of the PDC shall be to develop a District Professional Development Plan guided by the needs of the unit members, the District and School Improvement Plans, and the Department of Education’s regulations for licensure. The PDC shall plan, organize, and supervise professional development, provide input to the district administration for all professional days, and make recommendations to the School Committee regarding the number and content of early release days necessary to implement the Professional Development Plan.
The PDC shall assist in the communication of various opportunities for professional growth and development to unit members throughout the year. These opportunities may include, but are not limited to, study groups, individual projects, research and design teams, committee work, and conferences/workshops. The PDC shall approve the criteria and standards for individual projects.
Lastly, the PDC shall act as a clearinghouse to a) ensure that professional development opportunities align with the Professional Development Plan, b) approve/not approve of professional development opportunities under the standards established by the PDC, and c) award professional development points to unit members who meet the criteria adopted by the PDC.
Professional Development Offerings
Teacher Induction Program
The Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) is committed to providing high quality instruction and a positive school climate for all students. To that end, MERSD will provide the structure to support and meet the needs of teachers new to teaching and new to the district through a comprehensive New Teacher Induction Program.
Mentoring is at the core of any teacher induction program. The district hopes and expects that the professional interaction and collegiality inherent in one-to-one mentoring relationships will result in the retention of quality educators and a heightened job satisfaction for all participants while promoting a culture of collegiality and collaboration within our schools.
While acknowledging the special contribution an effective mentor makes to the acclimation of a beginning teacher, MERSD also recognizes that successful new teacher induction is a collective responsibility.
Beginning Teachers and New Teachers
MERSD recognizes that the needs of beginning teachers differ somewhat from the needs of experienced teachers new to the district. A beginning teacher is anyone who has been a teacher for less than three years. Experienced teachers new to the district are teachers who have three or more years of successful teaching experience at the professional level.
Although mentoring is at the heart of any comprehensive teacher induction program, the challenge of hiring, training and retaining a quality staff requires a comprehensive approach. Therefore, MERSD sees new teacher induction as a multiyear program encompassing the following components:
The role of the mentor is to support the needs of beginning teachers, including: