Del Mar school board approves professional development contracts
Five more Del Mar Union School District schools will have teachers go through Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) professional development this year.
Shelley Peterson, new assistant superintendent of instructional services, said CGI provides teachers access to research about children’s mathematical thinking, enabling them to provide instruction based on that information. The aim is to provide a rigorous instruction program aligned with 21st century skills and preparing for the implementation of the new Common Core Standards (CSC) assessment.
In 2011-12, the district began CGI with Ashley Falls and Del Mar Hills. In 2012-13, training will expand to Carmel Del Mar, Ocean Air, Sage Canyon, Sycamore Ridge and Torrey Hills. Del Mar Heights opted not to participate.
The program, approved by the board at the Aug. 15 meeting, costs $48,000 with substitutes for training workshops and coaching.
Since beginning CGI, Peterson said “profound improvements” in student performance have been seen in data and assessments collected by teachers.
Teachers participated in workshops this summer and will undergo training during the school day during the year. Job-imbedded training not only guarantees attendance but is the most cost-effective, Peterson said.
“We’re cognizant of the budget concerns and given that, we’ve been very purposeful in the staff development we select but we can’t afford to stand still,” Peterson said.
At the meeting, another $47,000 professional development program was approved for Torrey Hills called Just Think. The literacy program aims to get students to think more deeply and critically about literature. It was Principal Barbara Boone’s desire to bring the program to her school and, if successful, could be introduced at other district schools.