Principles and Elements of Effective Professional Development

Andrew Elizalde discusses the principles and elements of effective professional development.
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The Biblical concepts of sanctification and community will set the foundation for a professional development plan that both encourages all teachers and challenges teachers to higher levels of professionalism. An overview will be given of a plan composed of: peer and self observation, collaborative lesson design (a.k.a. Lesson Study), a four year cycle of readings and discussions, critical friends tuning protocols, smaller team/cluster meetings, weekly email updates, monthly collegiums, annual traditions, and summer conferences. A corresponding packet of sample documents will be provided to participants.

Andrew Elizalde

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2000-2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional- clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew now serves as the Dean of Academics, Mathematics Department Chair and Lower School Principal at Veritas School, a K-12 classical Christian school in Richmond, VA. His work at Veritas has most notably included a comprehensive reform of the schools’ K-12 mathematics program, the design and implementation of annual in-house professional development, and the advancement of a student support services plan. Additionally, Andrew offers consulting services to classical Christian schools aiming to refine pedagogy, mathematics curriculum, and professional development strategies. He has been a keynote speaker at the ICS Math and Science Lyceum and most recently, Trinity Classical Academy’s annual conference in Southern California. Andrew and his wife have three daughters and are members of All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church.