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Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesdays are the afternoons taken every other week on a Wednesday, to allow collaboration between faculty and administration, so that teachers can coordinate what's happening in all the classrooms in a department with each other, and also get advice from the administration about upcoming directions in education.

Throughout the school year, teachers meet every two weeks in focused, meaningful professional development activities designed to improve student achievement. The focus is on four key questions:
• What do we want our students to learn?
• How do we know our students have learned it?
• How will we respond when a student is experiencing difficulty learning?
• How will we increase the rigor/provide extended learning opportunities for students when they are ready?

Why every other Wednesday?


   In the past, built into our school calendar were Professional Development days. We had 2 full days (8 hours each) and 2 half-days (4 hours each) for a total of 24 hours during the year. We now have 16 early release days (1½ hours per day) for a total of 24 hours. Instructional time decreased slightly at PHHS, but increased a little at PHES. Professional development conducted more frequently for shorter amounts of time is more effective than full days of training spaced months apart.

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