Professional Development for Teachers & Staff

Teachers in the OSSD are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of professional development training each school year. This training is focused on improving instructional practices, improving student achievement, and other areas. The district provides five days of planned training for all teachers in July, prior to the beginning of the school year. Teachers also attend state/federal conferences throughout the year and complete online learning modules that address topics required by state/federal regulations. 
Topics planned during the district's July 2020 PD Seminar include: 
  • Living in Poverty
  • Boredom Busters
  • Teaching with Graphic Novels
  • Habits of Mind
  • Google G-Suite
  • Google Classrooms
  • Classroom Technology
  • Teaching Gifted Students
  • Accommodations & Modifications 
  • Curriculum & Standards Review
  • Spark Innovations: String Theory / Making Math a Real Problem
  • Promethean ActivPanels
  • CPR/AED Certification
Teachers and administrators also attend state and federal conferences throughout the year. Some of these are: 
  • Partners in Education (PIE) Conference 
  • East Tennessee Federal Conference
  • TOSS Sponsored Events
  • Career & Technical Education Seminars
  • Cognia/AdvancEd Events
  • LEAD Conference
mbcOnline modules are completed on the My Benefits Channel system. These courses address topics required by Tennessee and Federal regulations. All district staff are required to complete these courses each year. Topics include: 
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Teacher Code of Ethics
  • Bullying, Hazing & Harassment Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • ESL Students
  • Child Abuse & Human Trafficking
  • SAVE Act & Juvenile Offender Law
2020-2021 PD Accountability Form (Teachers)
2020-2021 PD Accountability Form (Support Staff)

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Chief Academic Officer:
Mr. Zacch Brown
Professional Development Leadership Committee:
Ms. Stacy Love
Mrs. Leann Goins
Mrs. Leigh Culver
Mrs. Heather Hill
Mrs. Stephanie Boshears
Mrs. Sandra Byrd
2020-2021 PD Dates:
July 22: Substitute Teacher Academy
July 23-24: Support Staff Seminar
July 27-31: Teacher Seminar
August 3: Administrative Day
August 5: Administrative Day
September 16: Early Dismissal
October 21: Early Dismissal
January 4: Administrative Day
March 17: Early Dismissal
April 21: Early Dismissal