Message from the Superintendent

Dear Clark County Community –

Good teachers make an immeasurable impact on our community. Over the course of a career in education, educators have the opportunity to reach hundreds of students, and leave a lasting impression that will ripple through generations.

That’s why providing professional development is a critical part of the Educational Service Center’s mission to support high-quality education in Clark County. Professional Development is the ongoing education and training teachers, administrators, therapists and support staff participate in to ensure they are able to meet the evolving needs of our students.

Over the course of the 2015-16 school year, the Clark County Educational Service Center offered more than 40 professional development opportunities for the educators of our community. More than 1,000 local educators attended these sessions.

It’s important to us that we are offering the types of professional development and continuing education that our teachers and school districts want and need. To ensure that these opportunities are the highest caliber and help schools serve their students most effectively, our staff meets regularly throughout the school year with superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders, to hear directly from them what they need. Whether it’s a new and exciting method of teaching, integrating innovative technology into the classroom, a refresher course, or a specialized program to help teachers work with students who need interventions, the Clark County Educational Service Center helps these districts identify and offer those opportunities to a student.

This model of offering professional development not only ensures high quality, it also makes offering continuing education more affordable for schools and educators. Bringing in a professional speaker to work with a small group of teachers may be unaffordable for one district alone. By working with the ESC, districts are able to bring in the leading professionals to offer in-demand professional development, and share the cost to make it more affordable for each school. Districts know that investing in staff is a wise choice that can pay off for years to come; but it’s important that it’s also cost effective for each district to pursue those important opportunities. Through a partnership with the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, we are able to make those sessions even more affordable by sharing resources with our neighbors.

We are already planning a robust, top-notch menu of professional development for the 2016-17 school year and look forward to working with the educators of our community again to ensure they have the resources and skills they need to help all students succeed. 

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