Renaissance Professional Development


At Renaissance, we believe in supporting our teachers through ongoing Professional Development. On Wednesday afternoons, after students have left for the day, Renaissance teachers meet and discuss a wide variety of topics and important issues related to our students and their education. 


Areas of Focus:


  • Implementation of a school-wide writing assessment

  • Implementation of a learning continuum rubric

  • Norming meetings

  • Identification of exemplars in writing

  • Architecture of the mini-lesson

  • Architecture of a conference

  • Implementation of differentiation strategies

    • Tiered assignments

    • Compacted curriculum

    • Accleration

    • Learning Contracts

    • Independent study

    • Orbital study

    • Functions of behavior

  • Implementation of Investigations math units and assessments


Other Professional Development Needs:


  • First Aid and CPR training

  • White Bus licenses

  • EL National Conference

  • Responsive Classroom

  • National Gifted and Talented conference

  • Leadership Conference


Personalization and Differentiation of Development:
  • Identifying teacher needs through questionnaire and observation

  • Identifying teacher leaders based on observation and mastery

  • Goal-setting conferences

  • Video-taped formal observations with self-analysis


Resources and Needs
  • EL National Conference

    • ​REA funds

  • ​REA and site-based funds for Professional Development

  • Strategic planning grant funds for additional planning

  • Funds from site-based budget for writing assessment materials and units

  • Funds from the site-based budget for the math Investigations unit

  • Site-based funds for a Math Specialist

  • Professional Development

  • Site-based funds for iReady to progress-monitor student growth

  • REA funds for classroom support

    • App purchases, guest speakers, additional resources

Professional Development 


Voyages occur from August until Fall Break. Teams of teachers are out every Wednesday which impacts the PD during this time.


8/24 - Individual and Group Plan Time

8/31 - Individual and Group Plan Time

9/7 - Revisit the Mission Statement; Debrief Showcases of Learning; Purpose/Process of student-led conferences

9/14 - Individual and Group Plan Time

9/21 - Mindfulness

9/23 - Analyzing and evaluating writing assessment (am) Differentiation strategies (pm)

(PD summary results here)

9/28 - Plan time (indivusual and team)


FALL BREAK (10/4-10/17)


10/19 - iReady training

10/26 - Team of 9 at Expeditionary Learning National Conference: Slice of Learning Expedition, individual sessions (student work, etc.); White Bus License training

11/2 - GT conference/plan time

11/8- Full day; Functions of behavior (am); Differentiation strategies (pm)

11/9 - EL and GT conference share

11/16 - Student-led conferences

11/23 - Thanksgiving

11/30 - Functions of behavior part 2

12/7 - Time to work on EPR

12/14 - Differentiation strategies and check in on writing assessment implementation





1/4/17 - Functions of behavior part 3

1/11 - Book study talks focused on differentiation


2010 - present

2010 - present

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Main Number:


Fax: 303-387-8001

Find us: 

3960 Trail Boss Lane

Castle Rock, Colorado



School Hours:

8:40 am - 4:00 pm

Wed 1:00 pm early dismissal

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