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  Welcome Back Teachers! PTHS 209 to Offer Curriculum Planning to Help Support Teacher Success  

Forest Park, IL...The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is gearing up for an exhilarating start to the 2011-12 school year. In order to help you best prepare for the start of a new year, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will sponsor a 1-day curriculum planning opportunity for teachers new to the district as well as some teachers who have been scheduled to teach a new course.

According to Project Lead, a 2009 report funded by the Jones Foundation, 50 percent of all certified public school teachers permanently leave the teaching profession before the end of their fifth year of teaching. In an effort for Proviso to retain our highly qualified personnel, the 1-day curriculum planning will provide an opportunity for these teachers to develop their teaching skills through inquiry and support. The idea is that if teachers are provided intense support in curriculum and instruction from the outset, they will become more effective sooner, thereby improving student success.

If you are interested in this 1-day curriculum planning opportunity that will be available all of next week, August 8 – 12, please contact Dr. Cheryl Pruitt in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction via email (cpruitt@pths209.org) or telephone (contact 708-338-5934)  Planning will take place at your assigned building and you will be compensated according to the collective bargaining agreement.

This kind of support is essential, but it is not enough. Principals and department chairs will provide on-going support to these teachers.  The administration will show continuous interest and offer tangible support and encouragement.

As the year progresses, please consider becoming involved with other curriculum and instruction opportunities. Staying active helps to keep you informed and provides teacher leadership opportunities.