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Staff Development

 

Mission

The mission of the Staff Development Office is to serve the teachers, administrators and support staff of the Omaha Public School District by supporting/providing growth opportunities to advance thinking and maximize employee development and job effectiveness. When employees develop to their fullest potential, student achievement increases.

Goals

The goals of the Staff Development Office are to provide staff with opportunities to:

Promote training based on the interrelationship between staff development and organizational effectiveness.
Provide opportunities for self-actualization.
Ensure that students, teachers, the school and community benefit from professional development.
Organize a continuous developmental program.
Promote programs based on assessed needs, district goals, and programmed innovations
Develop programs based on sound theory, research and effective adult learning principles.
Monitor an ongoing, multidimensional evaluation of professional development
Insure multicultural/nonsexist issues are addressed.
Develop a strategic planning model.
Serve as administrator for professional growth.

 

What is meant by Staff Development?

"High-quality professional development...refers to rigorous and relevant content, strategies, and organizational supports that ensure the preparation and career-long development of teachers and others whose competence, expectations and actions influence the teaching and learning environment"
-United States Department of Education

"...staff development is no longer viewed as something that is only necessary for teachers. We now recognize that everyone who affects student learning, from the board of education, central office administrators, principals, teachers, to classified/support staff, and parents must continually improve their knowledge and skills in order to ensure student learning."
-The National Staff Development Council

Staff development is the provision of activities designed to advance participants thinking in knowledge, understanding and skills. Staff development is a comprehensive and continuous process of professional growth and self-actualization that benefits staff, the organization, students, and ultimately the community.
-Omaha Public Schools, Staff Development Services

Midland Para to Teacher Career Ladder Program

The Para/Bilingual Liaison to Teacher Career Ladder Program is an Omaha Public Schools grant-funded teacher preparation program. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Current OPS Instructional Paraprofessionals and Bilingual Liaisons in order to complete a college/university teacher preparation program and receive a degree in teacher education. Assistance includes college/university tuition, books and fees as well other support services.

 The Midland University Career Ladder Program is a two-year teaching degree program with a focus on Urban Education and Technology practices in the field. It will include a field endorsement in Elementary Education K-8 and a supplementary endorsement in English Language Learning. Students will work in community blocks to complete all required endorsement courses in a supportive, flexible, and individualized environment. Students will continue to be employed in classrooms while earning field-based credit.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates must be able to meet all of these requirements.

• A minimum 2.8 overall GPA in their college course work

• Satisfactory work performance, evaluations, and attendance

• Access to a laptop or similar device to complete coursework throughout the program

• Preference will be granted to candidates with greater earned credit hours

For questions about the program, please contact Marilyn Browder 531-299-9767 or marilyn.browder@ops.org

 http://www.midlandu.edu/landing-page/para-teacher-program 

Student learning begins with staff learning:
We believe that student learning is encouraged and increased when all staff, through effective staff development, continue to learn.

The benefits of ongoing staff development are:

  • student learning is improved
  • students see positive role models for life-long learning
  • students have improved attitudes toward learning
  • students are better prepared to manage change
  • staff are more effective in their roles
  • staff work together to maximize use of resources for students
  • staff feel valued and show commitment
  • staff are flexible and adaptable
  • we continue to attract and keep highly qualified staff

To be successful, we organize staff development based on the following principles:

  • staff training improves student performance and meets organizational goals
  • all staff, as life-long learners, share a personal responsibility for individual and organizational growth
  • all staff are expected to be involved
  • training is based on proven practice
  • training is planned, ongoing, systematic, and sustained
  • internal resources are valued and used effectively
  • collaboration and trust are essential
  • programs include rigorous evaluation and communication of results.

Working together to help our students be the best that they can be.

OPS/Creighton Early Childhood Endorsement 

The OPS/Creighton Early Childhood Endorsement consists of six classes (18 hours) with embedded practicum experiences over a two year period.   Participants will be selected based on the following criteria: 
• District and building needs

• Full-time certified staff
• Preference will be given to K-3 classroom teachers,Special Education Resource teachers, ESL teachers, speech language pathologists, coaches, supervisors, instructional facilitators, as well as principals, assistant principals, and other building administrators. 
Classes will be held in an OPS facility or on the Creighton campus.  The graduate coursework program will begin in August 2017 and conclude in the summer of 2019.  Recesses will follow the OPS academic calendar.  Additional requirements other than those of the graduate program are outlined below.   
Standards and Requirements of the Program 
Selected Participants will be required to:
• Continue employment with the Omaha Public Schools for three years after completion of the endorsement.
• Work with OPS and/or external evaluator in gathering of data, etc. 
• Commit to existing program of study and timeline as determined by OPS and Creighton. 
If you are interested in applying for the OPS/Creighton Early Childhood Endorsement Program, you are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at OPS’s TAC building Boardroom on March 21, 2017, from 4:45-5:45 pm.   To be considered, please complete and submit the application no later than Friday, March 24, 2017 to Robin Jefferson in Curriculum and Instruction Support room 3-136, fax it to  531-299-0413 or email Robin.Jefferson@osp.org.  You may also complete the application at the Informational Meeting on March 21st.   Candidates will be notified of acceptance by Monday, March 27, 2017. If accepted, you will be required to attend a registration meeting at TAC on March 30, 2017 at 4:45pm in rooms 4-189 and 4-190.  All tuition, fees, and books will be fully funded. 

Creighton electronic application.pdf

Creighton EC Endorsement Packet.pdf

Midland University Career Ladder Program  

The Para/Bilingual Liaison to Teacher Career Ladder Program is an Omaha Public Schools grant-funded teacher preparation program. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Current OPS Instructional Paraprofessionals and Bilingual Liaisons in order to complete a college/university teacher preparation program and receive a degree in teacher education. Assistance includes college/university tuition, books and fees as well other support services.

The Midland University Career Ladder Program is a two-year teaching degree program with a focus on Urban Education and Technology practices in the field. It will include a field endorsement in Elementary Education K-8 and a supplementary endorsement in English Language Learning. Students will work in community blocks to complete all required endorsement courses in a supportive, flexible, and individualized environment. Students will continue to be employed in classrooms while earning field-based credit.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates must be able to meet all of these requirements.

• A minimum 2.8 overall GPA in their college course work

• Satisfactory work performance, evaluations, and attendance

• Access to a laptop or similar device to complete coursework throughout the program

• Preference will be granted to candidates with greater earned credit hours

For questions about the program, please contact Marilyn Browder 531-299-9767 or marilyn.browder@ops.org

 

 

http://www.midlandu.edu/landing-page/para-teacher-program