“Districts need reliable information on what kind of professional development works so they can get a good return on their investment. They need to be able to recognize quality professional development and know what kinds of professional development has proven to be effective in raising student achievement [for all students].”-Public Education Network and The Finance Project
Professional development can be expensive. Funding for professional development can also be fragmented, offering teachers a little piece here and a little piece there. Often the professional development that teachers receive rests in the hands of the players supplying the money: federal, state, local and private sources. Our hope at Kings Mountain is to continue to build collaboration among our staff and offer professional development to our teachers that meet the needs of their students right now. It is our hope that our documented efforts will provide data for our school district, Cabrillo Unified, so that they can make more informed choices about what kinds of professional development to offer at the district level. We also hope to inspire other school communities to support their teachers in a similar way.