Our Professional Development Focus
At Uncommon Schools, we are national leaders in educator training and development for one reason: we believe our students deserve our best, so we strive to get better every day. As a teacher, leader, or team member at Uncommon, you will receive high-quality one-on-one coaching, support, and professional development from a team that believes in your success.
Getting Better Every Day
At Uncommon Schools, learning and growing is an everyday occurrence. All team members learn through formal professional development workshops as well as individualized coaching sessions to improve their practice. Below is just a small sample of the training and development that takes place throughout the year at Uncommon.
Every August, teachers engage in two to three weeks of training around driving culture and achievement, data-driven instruction, and building relationships with students. Our new and returning teachers bond as a staff and feel confident and ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school.
Weekly Time for Training
Every week, we devote half a day to professional development with focused school-wide staff meetings and grade level or content meetings. Staff members also have one-on-one coaching sessions with their instructional leader, getting invaluable real-time feedback and thought partnership.
Leadership Development Retreat
Every year, all school leaders from across Uncommon come together for a two-day retreat to step back and reflect as a network while also developing leadership expertise and effectiveness.
Annual Operations Institute
Uncommon’s annual Operations Institute brings together operations leaders for hands-on training in people management as well as operational best practices.
Home Office PD
Home Office professional development workshops offer a variety of sessions, from communication to effective coaching, as well as time management and function-specific skills.
Our Learning in Action
In every role and at every level, team members have a manager who invests in their professional growth. For teachers, we offer a continuous cycle of classroom observations and feedback with instructional coaches. We teach with our classroom doors open and welcome the support and feedback of our colleagues. Our teachers also gather regularly throughout the year to collaborate with and learn from their peers across the Uncommon network.
Ms. Hoo uses our Teach Like a Champion© techniques to generate a written response to a prompt before a classroom discussion.
Mr. Worrell and Mr. Cheeley discuss ways to improve the “Fall of Rome” lesson and practice using role play.
9th Grade Biology, Troy Prep High School
"In the time I've been with Uncommon, I’ve grown from a novice teacher to being on the pathway to instructional leadership. The support I receive ranges from content-specific data meetings through regular one-on-one check-ins with my instructional lead to school-wide professional development. Being a part of an organization that empowers teachers and propels their passion for teaching with the right skills to hone their craft is truly a gift."
Principal Fellow, Camden Prep Middle School
"I feel lucky that I get to work with several people who coach me to become the most effective teacher I can be. I meet several times a month with our Assistant Superintendent, who was a successful principal before her role today, so I am learning from someone who is a true expert. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have this level of support!"