In response to our mission: The Webster Groves School District community is committed to academic and personal success for every student, a concentrated professional learning opportunity is offered to support a select group of WGSD teachers in their pursuit of honing their craft in the use of effective, high-quality teaching practices that reach all learners. Participants discover how to integrate what they have learned about best practices to an extraordinary level. In addition, this professional experience is intended to support and expand the participant's leadership skills and opportunity.
The Teacher Leader Academy - Best Practices in Responsive Teaching (Differentiation) includes teacher representatives from each school who will work closely with the building principals, the district Curriculum & Instruction Department and the district Professional Development Committee (PDC) to plan implementation strategies, facilitate professional development with colleagues, and lead the charge in learning and implementing new strategies that supports Responsive Teaching (Differentiation). Participants will take part in an intensive Responsive Teaching (Differentiation) and coaching training, beginning in the summer of year one (2008) to be completed the summer of the following year (2009). Full integration at the building level will begin with the 2009-2010 school year.