Professional Development

We develop our teachers through Lighthouse Academies University (LHA U), which provides ongoing, high quality professional development opportunities, including:

  • 20 professional development days, which includes:
    • Professional Development Institute before school starts
    • School, Regional, and/or Network-based professional development days throughout the year
  • Individualized professional development based on an individualized plan through webinars, video conferences, learning communities,  learning modules, and/or in-person coursework
  • Collaborative planning time with colleagues at the school and regional levels
  • Individual coaching from Principal and the Director of Teacher Leadership

We develop our leaders through Lighthouse Academies University (LHA U), which provides ongoing,high quality professional development opportunities, including:

  • Leader-specific conferences during the school year
  • Individual coaching from Principal or Regional Vice President
  • Weeklong Trainings in Responsive Classroom®, Developmental Designs, or Advisory
  • Individualized professional development based on an individualized plan through webinars, video conferences, learning communities,  learning modules, and/or in-person coursework

Read the Leader Development Program Overview to learn more about the leader development program.

To differentiate professional development and to support individual growth, every employee creates an Individual Professional Development Plan that is supported and reviewed by the manager. (View a sample Individual Professional Development Plan)

To provide school-wide ongoing professional development, every school creates a Yearlong Professional Development Plan aligned with the schools’ goals. (View a sample Yearlong Professional Development Plan)

“In my 5 years at a public school, all we had were subjective evaluations and inflexible standards. At Lighthouse Academies we have the freedom to set our own goals and innovate.”

“The professional development at Lighthouse Academies is phenomenal — just as we support our students and hold them to high standards, the administration does the same for us.”