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Professional Development Mission Statement

The LBUSD mission of Professional Development is to provide resources and programs that actively engage all members of the school community in continuous professional growth, designed to increase the success of all students. Through an environment of collegiality and collaboration, all employees will have opportunities to increase knowledge, improve performance, and enhance professional satisfaction.

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Recommended Reading

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Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking Paperback – November 19, 2015 by Jackie Acree Walsh (Author), Beth Dankert Sattes (Author)


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Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings, by Jeff Zwiers (Author), Marie Crawford (Contributor)

Understandings of Quality Instruction

U1. Continued study and application of the California Standards and their learning progressions, supported by the Linked Learning approach, lead to high quality instruction using appropriate scaffolds when needed to ensure all learners meet expectations.


U2. Regular practice with complex text and tasks helps students to develop the mature language skills and the conceptual knowledge they need in order to effectively demonstrate their understanding orally and in writing.


U3. Preparation and participation in effective collaborative conversations allow individuals to build on others’ ideas and express their own clearly.


U4. The strategic use of formative assessment strategies allows teachers and students to collect the best possible evidence about where students are in the learning and use the information to decide what to do next. 


U5 . The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) is a system of collaboration, problem solving, and reflection leading to a focus on improving common instructional practice and creating a collective culture of efficacy.


Lesson Idea (Common Core) Reading Like a Historian: Philosophical Chairs

Grades 9-12 / History / Discussion

Questions to Consider

  1. What are the benefits of having students physically move to different areas of the room?
  2. How does this strategy change the way students read primary source documents?
  3. Ms. Ziegler compares her classroom to a science lab. What does she mean by this?

Lesson Objective

Take sides about why people opposed the Vietnam War

Length 7 min

Common Core Standards ELA.RH.11-12.3, ELA.RH.11-12.7

California Standards for the Teaching Profession

The latest research indicates that effective, empowered teaching happens by design. This occurs when highly committed, thoroughly prepared, continuously developed, and well networked teachers work individually and collectively to make effective decisions for student learning. To support this highly effective teacher, LBUSD and the State of California have clearly identified the skills and strategies needed to improve student achievement. The California Standards for the Teaching Profession establish that all teachers should have the following requisite skills and knowledge to:

  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Understand and organize subject matter for student learning
  • Create and maintain effective (and safe) environments for student learning
  • Planning and designing learning experiences that promote student learning in diverse classrooms
  • Student assessment
  • Developing as a professional educator

Teacher Effectiveness Project

The Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project (STEP) is a teacher-driven community of practice that uses a Positive Deviance approach for discovering on-site solutions to on-site problems. STEP values the expertise of the members within each school community by guiding the teams through a data-driven process whereby they identify a problem of practice, discover potential promising practices that address their area of focus, confirm the effectiveness of the practices, and create a systematic plan for sharing