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Professional Development Philosophy

The Jacksonville City School District’s philosophy of professional development is anchored in our efforts to assist students with the acquisition of appropriate knowledge and 21st Century skills necessary to be successful in a global society that does not yet exist.  Therefore, professional development will be geared toward developing the teachers’ capacity to promote student critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity through innovative strategies. 


We believe effective professional development:

·      Focuses on and improves student learning;

·      Increases educators’ knowledge, skill, and best practices;

·      Is active, collaborative, reflective, and ongoing;

·      Promotes a culture of risk-taking;

·      Is critical to the District’s continuous improvement. 

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Jacksonville City Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other
designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination
policies and Title IX: Dr. Mark Petersen, Superintendent, 123 College St., SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 782-5682.

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