Staff Development

Stargate School values ongoing Staff Development and demonstrates their commitment to building teacher skills through two primary avenues: the Stargate Induction Program and ongoing Staff Development. Each of these programs are described in more detail below.

Induction Program:

Mission Statement:

The mission of Stargate School's Induction Program is to facilitate the growth of new educational professionals through mentoring, partnering with Staff experts to build instructional best practices, providing one-on-one coaching, transferring essential aspects of the "Stargate Way" to new teachers, and maximizing student learning and achievement.

In April 2014, Stargate School was granted the ability to create and administer our own Teacher Induction Program by the Colorado Department of Education. In August, we offered our first New Teacher Academy. Over the course of the next year, many Stargate teachers will complete the Phase 1 or Phase 2 Induction Program that is essential to earning their professional teaching license. We welcomed 10 teachers new to Stargate as part of our inaugural class. Three returning Stargate teachers are also completing varying levels of training this year.

Inaugural Induction Class of 2014

Induction Class of 2015

Professional Development:

Stargate is mindful of planning WOW (Working on Wednesday) programming to build teacher capacity, as well as full Staff Development days. The agendas for training are developed over time, and are based on teacher feedback, staff responses to Culture and Climate Surveys from the previous school year, and importantly, the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Rubrics. Workshops are designed to purposefully assist teachers as they move along the continuum through proficiency levels on their way to becoming exemplary educators. 

Stargate supports professional development outside of the building, as well. When a staff member attends an outside event, it is expected that he/she comes back to the staff and share new knowledge through a PD workshop. One of our goals this year is to post full-day Staff Development agendas, so that we are transparent in sharing with our community the learning that is taking place with our teachers on days that students are not in session.
Rick Robinson,
Sep 21, 2015, 10:29 AM