Professional Development for Teachers & Staff

Teachers in the OSSD are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of professional development training between July 1 and June 30 of 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/August, 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-August 2021 PD Seminar include: 
  • Google G-Suite
  • Google Classrooms
  • Classroom Technology
  • Teaching Gifted Students
  • Accommodations & Modifications 
  • Curriculum & Standards Review
  • Promethean ActivPanels
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Chronic Health Conditions
Teachers and administrators attend state and federal conferences throughout the year, including:
  • 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 
  • English As A Second Language
  • Human Trafficking 101
  • Child Abuse Recognition & Response
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
  • Asthma Basics for Schools
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For the 2021-22 school year, teachers are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of online training courses via the Model Teaching website. Note: All teachers must complete the "Planning for Differentiation" course. 
Google Classroom Resources for Teachers
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Professional Development &  Leadership Committee:
Ms. Stacy Love
Mrs. Leann Goins
Mrs. Leigh Culver
Mrs. Heather Hill
Mrs. Stephanie Boshears
Mrs. Sandra Byrd
2021-2022 PD Dates:
July 19: New Employee Orientation
July 20: Google Bootcamp
July 21: Substitute Teacher Academy
July 22: Support Staff Seminar
July 23: Support Staff Seminar
July 26-30: Teacher Seminar
August 2: Administrative Day
August 4: Administrative Day
September 15: Early Dismissal
October 20: Early Dismissal
January 3: Administrative Day
March 16: Early Dismissal
April 20: Early Dismissal
2020-2021 PD Accountability Form (Teachers)

2020-2021 PD Accountability Form (Support Staff)