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School-Based Professional Learning

PassageWorks partners with school teams to design effective and transformative professional development experiences that meet the needs of each unique school community. All of our professional development is based on the Engaged Teaching Approach and supports educators to 1) develop their own intentional teaching practice as life long learners 2) develop practical tools for their classroom work with students, and 3) build a professional community of trust and authenticity with their colleagues.

School-based professional development may include the following options:

  1. School-based workshops or courses for some or all of a school’s faculty;
  2. Consulting with administrative leadership;
  3. Coaching with a design team or leadership team;
  4. A book study group on The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching;
  5. The implementation of PassageWorks curricular resources;
  6. A series of PD sessions on practices and principles of engaged teaching.
  7. A whole-school practices and principles learning journey.

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When considering our approach, many schools opt to send a cohort of teachers to our regional public courses to see if the practices and principles of our work are a good fit for their school. Other schools invite PassageWorks to offer an on-site school-based course to some or all of their faculty as an opportunity to build community amongst faculty and begin a dialogue around school culture and climate change. For schools interested in a more extensive faculty learning journey, we use a “design-team approach” that engages teachers, leaders, and members of our team to create a roadmap of professional development and initiatives that address the specific goals and needs of the school.

For more information on PassageWorks professional development, please fill out the form below or contact Laura Weaver at lweaver@passageworks.org with specific questions.

PassageWorks was an essential part of me becoming a member of Doyle Elementary from the get-go. I hadn’t even spent a day teaching with this staff, and already, I felt like a member of the Doyle family. I couldn’t have done that without PassageWorks. It was a great “ice-breaker” for me as a new teacher. I think that schools should have this kind of thing more often. I am very thankful to have a principal who cares enough to implement such a program in our school. ~ Second Grade Teacher, Doyle Elementary School, East Prairie, MO

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Professional Learning Inquiry Form





Role/Position at School

Name of Institution



Total Number of Faculty

Grade Level

Have you or your colleagues been connected to our work before?

What kind of initiatives are you currently engaged in as a faculty (SEL programs, PD, etc.)?

What Professional Learning areas are you interested in?

What needs do you see in your school that you hope this work would support you to address? Any additional comments and questions?

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