Recognition for above average teaching skills positively impacts further performance. Recently, the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence–a Chicago-based non-profit group dedicated to promoting student excellence and achievement for learners of all abilities, encouraging innovation in the classroom, and enhancing collaboration–recognized eleven teachers for their positive impact on students. Last month they presented Professional Development Awards, valued at $500 apiece, to these educators in Chicago’s Plainfield School District 202. The awards are granted to teachers in appreciation for their dedication, as an initiative to continually improve learning within classrooms, and to promote the importance of professional development for teachers.
The Professional Development Awards were distributed on April 17, 2014, in conjunction with the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence’s 30th anniversary. Educators are able to use the monetary awards in any number of ways to further their own education and that of their students, such as enrolling in online courses focused on teaching students across the autism spectrum, attending summer science programs in Colorado to learn how to teach science in a comprehensive “hands-on” format, traveling to a local conference to learn how art and music can be fluidly incorporated into the common core curriculum, and attending other seminars on professional development for teachers either locally or out of state. Monies can be utilized to cover tuition, travel expenses, classroom supplies, or any other expenses directly related to enhancing student learning.
Plainfield School District 202 is not alone in generating scholarships, grants, and special funding to teaching professionals in an effort to enrich learning experiences for students. Does your school district offer similar initiatives? What are your views on district awards? Do you think they are a good idea? Why or why not? We would love to read your points of view! Feel free to post your input and ideas below, and visit eSchool Solutions’ website to learn more about professional development for teachers to meet the needs of your school district.