The mission of the Edina Public Schools Staff Development Program and Processes is to improve student learning through continual professional growth for all staff by advocating opportunities that advance knowledge and improve teaching and learning, that promote collaboration, and that facilitate adaptation to change.
Staff Development should be standards- and results-based.
Continual improvement is essential and possible and requires data in order to inform planning.
Change does occur and staff development facilitates adaptation to change.
Quality education demands innovation and continuous improvement.
Innovation requires a positive and supportive environment.
Frequent and extended collaboration promotes personal and professional growth
Diversity of personalities and effective teaching styles is positive.
Professional growth requires the development of ethical interpersonal skills.
Professional growth requires the enhancement of teaching/learning skills.
Professional growth requires an understanding of local, national and international standards and Best Practices.