Education frameworks are models for instruction that help instructors align standards with lesson activities, create positive attitudes and environments, and integrate assessment into learning. Frameworks serve as conceptual maps for implementation.
The foundation of North Smithfield Public Schools framework focus on Standards, Practices and Relationships.
The primary goal of North Smithfield professional development programming is to enhance the quality of teaching and leadership in order to improve student achievement. Title II funded activities support our system and structures of professional development. In order to target the needs of the school district, a comprehensive needs assessment is conducted to determine goals, develop programs and allocate resources. Throughout the 20-21 school year all teachers in the district participate in multiple surveys providing feedback about professional development sessions and offerings as well as identifying preferences/recommendations for future professional development activities. These responses are compiled and reviewed by the Professional Development Advisory Committee. The Professional Development Advisory Committee plays an important role in identifying the district needs. The Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) is a volunteer team of K-12 stakeholders that meets quarterly to help develop and refine the district’s professional development. The team has worked over the years to revamp the system and structure of professional development which has received positive feedback. In the Spring of 2021, the PDAC reviewed teacher survey responses, district goals (Strategic Plan) and student achievement data.
The Educator Course Network is one component of RIDE's strategic effort to support the improvement of professional learning experiences in Rhode Island schools and districts. RIDE believes that locally designed and facilitated professional learning should be the first option for meeting the needs of educators. Though we recognize that there are times when expertise and additional capacity from third-party vendors is appropriate to augment local initiatives. So, it is through this online platform that we hope RI schools and districts will become informed consumers of professional learning to look for new ways to engage educators in the learning opportunities that most closely meet collective and individual needs.