Professional Development

  • The purpose of professional development in Columbia Public Schools is building capacity for improved student performance.

    Columbia Public Schools has long recognized the complexity of teaching and learning and is committed to continuous improvement. We believe effective professional development:

    • can happen both in the workplace and outside of contracted time
    • is job-embedded and ongoing
    • is relevant to daily work that impacts tomorrow’s learning
    • develops leadership capacity
    • includes collaboration time during the regular school day
    • utilizes meaningful, timely research and student data to inform practice
    • is collaborative, data-driven, and results oriented
    • is focused on ongoing improvement and evaluation aligned to district curriculum standards and school improvement goals
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    Office of School Improvement 1818 W. Worley St.
    Columbia, MO 65203 Phone: (573) 214-3970