“Excellence comes through leadership.” The Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) does not limit its mission statement to just students. This also applies to teachers and staff.
The district provides professional development resources to help develop teachers’ passion, content knowledge, and teaching practice. Here are some examples of what QCUSD has to offer for professional development:
Initiation, orientation of new teachers
All new teachers (new to the profession) go through New Teacher Induction, a semester-long induction program that goes through classroom management, lesson planning, book studies, collaborative structures and more best practices.
All new teachers in the district complete the New Teacher Orientation, an introduction to the systems used at QCUSD, including classroom environment and student motivation.
National Board Certification, Gifted Approval
Teachers have the opportunity to participate in a three-year process to become a National Board Certified Teacher, a highly prestigious honor in education. The National Council designed this honor to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to drive continuous improvement in schools nationwide.
We also offer teachers the possibility of obtaining a Gifted mention. During this two-year process, teachers put in extra time and work to ensure their students receive the best possible education. It is also a requirement for teachers whose primary responsibility is to teach gifted learners.
To learn more about the requirements for gifted education endorsements, visit the Arizona Department of Education or our district’s Gifted Program page.
Video, additional resources
Primary teachers have access to self-study videos that help them implement our primary curriculum. Each month Beyond Textbooks, the Curriculum Partner, shares best practices on how best to use the Curriculum Platform. All teachers also receive free resources from the AVID Center, including instructional planning and best practices through AVID Open Access.