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Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

For the most current information, please see your Building Administrator or contact the PD Department.

Core Beliefs

To facilitate the most effective, innovative, well supported teaching corps in the state of New Jersey.

To collaboratively build competencies and nurture continued improvement and purposeful learning opportunities that our staff requires, our leadership supports and our students deserve.


Values and Guiding Principles


  • We are proactive in remaining current in educational research and seeking out short term and long term solutions to the needs of our teachers to increase their capacity.
  • We acknowledge the district has a corps of excellent teachers and support their further development.

      Systemic Decision Making

  • We are process oriented in everything we do.
  • We support teacher to teacher learning and collaboration.
  • Multiple perspectives will be valued and necessary for non-routine and cross discipline decisions.
  • Our decisions will be results driven and supported by research and standards with a focus on student outcomes.


  • We facilitate development and retention of the best teacher corps who have both content and pedagogy skills.


  • Communication is open, respectful and informs the process top a positive outcome.


  • We embrace emerging technology.


  • We collaborate with district leadership to assure the development of efficacy is ongoing.
  • We will support every teacher to become a teacher leader.


Respect is central to everything we do in the Office of Professional Development. Every staff member is expected to give and receive respect.  Respect is clear in every element of our communication, decision-making, and daily interaction with our colleagues, teachers, and community.  We are expected to operate with integrity in every aspect of our work.


Professional Development / Staff In-Service Dates


  • Thursday & Friday,  September  1st & 2nd, Staff in-service/No students
  • Friday, October 28th, Staff in-service, 1:00 pm Student Dismissal
  • Friday, December 9th, Staff in-service, 1:00 pm Student Dismissal
  • Friday, February 3rd, Staff in-service, 1:00 pm Student Dismissal
  • Friday, March 10th, Staff in-service/No students











Alternate Certification Programs

National Board Certified

New Teacher Orientation

Novice Teacher Handbook

Professional Development Course Catalog

Professional Learning Communities

Teacher Academy

Teacher Training

Teacher Evaluation Rubric

Teacher Support

Technology Training

Tuition Reimbursement






Support Staff

Secretarial Training (PEA)

Substitute Teacher Training

Support Staff Training

Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Resources















PD Pro Tutorials

PD Pro Overview

PD Pro Overview

Other Resources

Substitute Training Reference Guide

3 Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards










Contact Us

Main Phone: 973-321-0711

Sherri Brackett

Deputy Director of Professional Development

Maria Sandoval

Confidential Secretary









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