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Garfield Elementary, Spokane, PK-6
Garfield Elementary is a community school, your community school . . Principal Clint Price


Professional Development

Principal Clint Price and his staff practice a professional development strategy based on peer collaboration — in whole groups, by grade level and in a variety of team-based activities

PD Strategy



Whole group

Specific PD focus based on SIP (school improvement plan) goals

2 times each month

Grade level

  • Staff sign up for collaborative, information-sharing sessions
  • Content based on specific need
  • Grade level teams hold meetings weekly

2-3 times each month

Half- and full-day sub outs

Teachers gather to review and analyze the latest student data

3-5 times each year for all grade levels

Guided peer observation

  • Staff observe in each other’s classrooms to see examples of best practices in action
  • Pre- and post-observation discussions open up the opportunity to question and learn.
  • District literacy and math lab observation

1-2 times each year
3 times each year

Literacy and math labs

Garfield dedicates 1 classroom as a lab. Schools across the district send teachers to observe a Garfield educator apply best practices for literacy instruction in a multi-age classroom.

3 times each year

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   Updated 12/5/2012

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