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Duluth Public Schools Staff Development welcomes you to the 2023-2024 school year!

Staff Development Year at A Glance 2023-2024

Date Event Participants Notes
August 21, 2023 New Hire Orientation

All newly hired employees

Hosted by: Human Resources

Comprehensive orientation for new ISD709 employees
August 23, 2023 Special Services New Hire Onboarding

All newly hired certified staff in Special Services

Hosted by: Special Services

Includes topics specific to licensed educators working in various capacities providing special services
August 24, 2023 New Teacher Curriculum Onboarding

All newly hired and newly placed teachers

Hosted by: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

New this year! In-person event designed to onboard new teachers to the district, the curriculum, and the classroom.
August 28, 2023 New Teacher Induction

All new certified staff

Hosted by: Teacher Development

Receive resources covering various topics that will aid in making the start of the school year as smooth as possible (district technology systems, relicensure, mentoring, "nuts and bolts")
August 29, 2023 All District Staff Development Day

All employees and staff of Duluth Public Schools

Hosted by: Staff Development

Welcome Back! 
December 4, 2023 Certified and Paraprofessional Professional Development Day

All certified staff and paraprofessionals

Hosted by: Staff Development and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Mid-year professional development day designed to meet the curricular and instructional needs of certified staff and paraprofessionals
Winter 2024 (TBD) Mid-Year New Hire Onboarding Event

All newly hired certified staff and paraprofessionals (hired after 9/1 of the school year)

Hosted by: Staff Development and Human Resources

Virtual sessions designed to help orient and onboard "late" new hires
March-May 2024 Spring Into Professional Learning

All certified staff

Hosted by: Staff Development

Virtual and collaborative professional learning group opportunity; optional and independent
2023-2024 PBIS Cohort Training

PBIS Teams and Site Administrators

Hosted by: Mental Health/SEB/Climate

Cohort: 9/26, 10/26, 11/29, 1/16, 2/15

Refresher: 9/27

Ongoing News and Views 

Yearly/Monthly offerings for teachers and paras with registration through Frontline

Hosted by: Teacher Development

Offerings for relicensure and continued learning; virtual and in person
Weekly Professional Learning Communities Varies; grade level/content area teams  

Duluth Public Schools Staff Development Department

Who is Staff Development in Duluth Public Schools? 

  • Staff Development in Duluth Public Schools includes: Staff Development Advisory Committee, Relicensure, Mentoring, Teacher Development, Human Resources, Special Services Professional Development, Early Childhood Professional Development, and many other groups who represent each of the bargaining units within the district

What is the role of Staff Development in Duluth Public Schools?

  • Coordinate professional learning opportunities for all staff and employees in the district
  • Aid in the goal of increased student achievement at an organizational level
  • Advance the strategic plan of the district by providing essential training and skills for all employees
  • Model lifelong learning 

Why is continued professional learning important for everyone involved in the public school organization?

  • Education is a complex system which requires constant learning to keep up and move forward.
  • Challenges of changing subject content, new instructional methods, advances in technology, changing laws and procedures, and student learning needs make continued professional learning for all public school employees an essential need.
  • Educators and educator support professionals who receive continued, effective, job-embedded professional learning consistently improve their skills, and in turn, student success.

Heather Harvick

Staff Development Coordinator
218-336-8700 ext 2233


Greg Jones

Teacher Development Coordinator
218-336-8700 ext 1220

Emily Lull

Mentoring/Mentee Program Coordinator
218-336-8700 ext 2021

Leigh Ann Viche
218-336-8700 ext 2699
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