We’re often asked why we have so many early dismissals, and just what is in- service or staff development? In education we often use the terms staff development, professional development and in- service education inter- changeably. Just as in any profession, it is important that educators have ongoing professional development to improve their skills and address student learning needs. Research tells us that the single biggest effect on student achievement is the individual teacher in the classroom. Improve teaching skills and teaching practices, and in turn, student performance will improve.
Waukee has a complex and varied professional development plan.