Professional growth is something we can all use more of, whether someone is at the top of an organization, just getting started, or even if they are teachers! In Eureka City Schools we have placed a high priority on professional development to improve student learning. We have been working with our teachers to increase opportunities for them to learn more about mastering their craft, the craft which leads to high levels of student learning.
Education is unique in many ways. With professional development, it is difficult to find time to work with teachers to develop best practices for reaching students. In sports, athletes generally spend more than 90 percent of their time practicing and less than 10 percent of their time competing. In education, it is the opposite, and teachers spend more than 90 percent of their time competing (to stick with the analogy) by delivering instruction and less than 10 percent of the time practicing (professional development).
I hope you all have had the opportunity for some rest and relaxation during the summer, as well as time to enjoy friends and family. The first day of school is quickly approaching, and our students and parents are eager to start the new school year. The students of Eureka City Schools are truly fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals like you supporting their learning.
To kick off the new year, I look forward to seeing each of you at our back-to-school meeting on Monday, August 20th. Upon arrival, please come to the Eureka High School Auditorium Foyer where you will be welcomed by your principal or supervisor. Continental breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m. in the foyer. At 8:00 a.m. we will proceed into the auditorium for our meeting. A full schedule of professional development for the week is enclosed and posted on the website. Please note ETA (Eureka Teachers Association) is inviting members to attend a voluntary meeting in the cafeteria prior to the 8:00 a.m. official welcome.