Friday, November 16th, 2007
Professional Development

The Madison School District is proud of its long history of outstanding student achievement on local, state and national assessments.  With highly qualified teachers and staff, ongoing professional development and strong partnerships with parents, the district has become a district of choice in the valley with almost 20% of the student population attending Madison Schools from outside the district's boundaries.

Opportunities for professional development are provided through Madison's Education Services Division. The district enjoys collaborative connections with universities across the United States to strengthen teacher knowledge and to increase opportunities for student achievement.  In addition, the Madison School District Governing Board has supported professional development for teachers by providing 90 minutes of Teacher Collaboration Time (TCT) every Wednesday during the school day.  Though students are released 90 minutes early, the district continues to exceed the required hours of instruction annually for every grade level.

Professional Development Opportunities
Continuous, on-going professional development is an essential component to an effective instructional program in a public school system. Madison School District provides 24 - hour registration opportunities for teachers and administrators through ASSET .  

Fall 2007 Courses:
To view the Fall 2007 Professional Development Catalog, visit ASSET at . Once you log in, choose Current Course Offerings to see all available courses. To view Madison courses, type MSD 38 in the title area.

ASU Content Academies:
Madison teachers can take Master's level coursework in math, language arts, and science through ASU West. Courses are provided at the District Office. These courses can also be used towards reaching Highly Qualified status. These content academies are a component of the Professional Development School TENET partnership with Arizona State University, West Campus.

Teacher Collaboration Time
Madison provides Teacher Collaboration Time (TCT) to continue the commitment to high levels of student achievement. Teacher Collaboration Time enhances professional development by dedicating collaboration time for teachers to learn and work together for the benefit of all students. The district's professional development is on-going, student-centered, data-driven, and research-based. Teachers will report student progress to principals, the superintendent and the Governing Board.

Teacher Collaboration Time is:

  • A district-wide 90-minute early release on 30 scheduled Wednesdays (half day AM/PM kindergarten schedules are each reduced by 45 minutes)*
  • An early release for students, not for the school nor district staff
*Click here for District Calendar
*Special Needs preschool and Community Education preschool will follow their regular daily schedule

During Teacher Collaboration Time, teachers work in study groups to:

  • strengthen their own knowledge and skills
  • analyze student achievement scores
  • identify each student's academic needs
  • determine best teaching strategies
  • assess student work and progress

The following student services are available on Teacher Collaboration Time Wednesdays:

  • Food service - available; no changes with the possible exception of a revised lunch schedule
  • Bus transportation - available; buses will depart from all schools at the earlier 90-minute release time
  • Child care - safe, affordable after-school supervision is available through the Community Education Department. For more information, visit Programs & Services.

For additional information regarding Teacher Collaboration Time, please contact your school principal or call 602.664.7929

Student Teachers
Madison is a partner in ASU West's Professional Development School Program . This program is hands-on teacher education program emphasizing practical classroom experience. ASU West College of Teacher Education students shadow and co-teach with instructional coaches in the classroom. Interns then take their university courses in the evenings at Madison Park School where the program is given dedicated space for this university work. When the interns graduate in December, they become full-time contracted substitute teachers for Madison in January through the end of school in May and are also offered a teaching contract for the next school year.

For more information on the Professional Development School program, visit Dr. Linda Califano's website .

For further information on Professional Development contact:

Dr. Pam Santesteban, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
Phone: 602-664-7929
[email protected]

Nadene Alderman, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 602-664-7929
[email protected]