FDR is committed to ongoing professional learning. Educational research presents a strong argument for faculty to engage in regular, team based professional learning. FDR agrees that the most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is offering time for high quality collegial discussions, targeted to school and classroom needs and allowing teachers to inquire and reflect on their practice. Our schedule is designed to include time each week to work together toward school-wide and divisional learning goals. Regular team collaborative time also offers an excellent opportunity for sharing practices and learning together.
Every year we welcome consultants to work with faculty on a range of topics. We host conferences and symposia, in which FDR faculty learn alongside other professionals in our region. These opportunities are announced to faculty each year; some are open for all to participate, while others are by invitation for faculty in specific roles.
Other rich learning opportunities that are open to all faculty include training from the Technology and Learning Innovation Team and the annual PD Book Club, sponsored by the FDR Library.
Unless specifically requested, FDR faculty do not need to submit a professional development request for the above opportunities.
In addition to the professional development opportunities offered on campus, some educators seek additional learning. If you want to take an online course, conduct an action research project, participate in a book study with your team, attend a conference or workshop, or have an idea for other professional learning that you would like funded, please refer to the Professional Development Guidelines (linked at right) for details about the process and how to apply.
FDR Faculty can see our Professional Development Guidelines and the process to request funding for professional development in the document linked below.