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ISD 709 Professional Development Plan

ISD 709 Aims and Goals are High Achievement for All, Safe and Welcoming Environment for All, and Effective and Efficient Systems. ISD 709 is committed to effective implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Multi-Tiered Support Systems (MTSS), and Positive School Climate with the overall intent on improving student achievement for all.

Professional development includes training and coaching to support district strategies designed to meet district goals as well as local, state and federal mandatory training. In addition, professional development also includes support based on staff self-evaluation to increase his or her effectiveness in learning experiences.

Teacher Development Program

The Teacher Development Program began in 1972 and became part of the teacher contract through negotiations.  Its purpose was, and continues to be, an effort to involve teachers in determining and meeting their professional needs and to assist the school district in achieving its identified priorities.  The program began by offering two courses, Research Utilizing Problem Solving (R.U.P.S.) and Interpersonal Communications.  Soon after, a variety of media courses were developed and the program began to expand rapidly.  In its history, well over three hundred courses have been developed by teachers and offered for inservice credit.

Teacher Evaluation Plan for Duluth Public Schools

Please see below for the link to this document.


Professional development is a process whereby an individual through self-evaluation develops educational and personal goals to increase his or her effectiveness and participates in learning experiences designed to help achieve these goals.

Dates for Meetings

This Committee meets once a month, We do not have a strict meeting schedule, other than the goal to meet once a month.  Please contact Wendy Braun or Greg Jones to get the next meeting date.

Registration Process

  • Registration for classes is encouraged by going to the tab located to the left of this page and click on "Register Here".
  • Classes are cancelled if an insufficient number of teachers have registered.
  • Classes are cancelled or postponed whenever schools are closed due to weather conditions.
  • Notice of upcoming inservice offerings are listed in our new "News & Views" website.

Inservice/Workshop Guidelines:  As a Participant

  • Ten (10) hours of pre-approved inservice classroom instruction equals one (1) inservice credit for lane change purposes.
  • Maximum individual workshop credit equals six (6) credits per year.
  • Maximum number of credits per teacher for salary schedule equals twenty-one (21).
  • Credit it granted upon full completion of the course.
  • Each inservice credit is worth credit for relicensure purposes.

Inservice/Workshop Guidelines:  As a Presenter

  • Proposals for course offerings must be submitted and approved by the Teacher Development Committee prior to courses being conducted.
  • Attendance rosters must be maintained.
  • Inservice credit is awarded to instructors when the course is taught for the first time.
Committee Members, Greg Jones, Chairperson, Cindy Jamar, Amy Starzecki, Bernie Burnham, Tim Sworsky,
Jennifer Larva, Brenda Vatthauer, Wendy Braun

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