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Demonstration Teachers

The Demonstration Teacher Program is a unique offering and opportunity at Pennsbury.   Each year, teachers submit their names or the names of qualified colleagues to take part in the Demonstration Teacher Program.   After undergoing an application review process, teachers are selected for the upcoming school year.

 

The roles and the tasks of the Demonstration Teacher are varied.   Primarily, they work with the inductees in the Teacher Induction Program.   Inductees are required to make at least one observation of a Demonstration Teacher.    Here, novice teachers have opportunity to observe experienced staff members.   Either in the Inductee’s classroom or with the class of the Demonstration Teacher, the teacher new to Pennsbury has the chance to learn with and from a more experienced professional.  

 

In the past years, Demonstration Teachers have worked with staffs in buildings, have made workshop presentations, have mentored and coached inductees, modeled lessons, have answered questions and offered advice and suggestions, have made Board and community presentations, and have attended Induction meetings.   In all venues, the Demonstration Teacher is highly regarded and warmly received.  

 

Demonstration Teachers have made a conscious decision to support and encourage the implementation of Pennsbury’s standards initiative.   Demonstration Teachers help others understand how to create a standards-based classroom environment, how to develop a standards-based instructional work unit, and how to integrate technology into the curriculum.

 
Always, the cornerstone of the work of the Demonstration Teacher is pragmatism coupled with high expectations. The Demonstration Teacher clearly knows the practicalities of the classroom; his or her perspective is always that of the informed colleague.   The Demonstration Teacher knows, too, that excellence is valued and appreciated; his or her mission is always that of the inspired professional.

How to Observe

  • Call or drop a note to the teacher you wish to observe in advance to schedule an appointment time.  Demonstration teachers will make every effort possible to facilitate the observation process.
  • Observers are limited to two at one time.
  • Observer(s) may intereact with the demonstration teacher during specials, prep time, before or after school, or any other time agreed upon by the demonstration teacher.
  • Tailoring of lessons to observer's needs must be written within the framework of the scope and sequence of the regular curriculum.
  • No observations will be scheduled in September or June.
  • How to Apply or Nominate

    Applicants may be self-selected or may be recommended by an administrator or fellow teacher.  Any member of the professional staff who meets the following qualifications may apply:

    1. Attainment on the salary scale of Professional Educator I, Professional Educator II, or Advanced Professional Educator columns;
    2. Completion of at least seven (7) full years of satisfactory service, however, only three (3) years must be as a teacher with the District;
    3. Recommendation by the Demonstration Teacher Committee, which is composed of teachers and administrators; and
    4. Approval by the District Superintendent.

          Nomination forms are available in each school office.  Once completed, nomination forms should be directed to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  A nominee will be notified of his or her nomination by a letter from the Office of Human Resources, which will be accompanied by a formal application.

    TIMELINES

    March 1 - Deadline for sumission of nominees April 1 - Deadline for return of candidate applications to The Office of Human Resources May 15 - Deadline for notification of appointment as a demonstration teacher.

    As a Pennsbury Demonstration Teacher, you can:

    • Demonstrate your own unique teaching abilities;
    • Utilize innovative teaching ideas and methods;
    • Share your classroom approach with fellow teachers;
    • Enhance teacher and student enthusiasm/achievement; and
    • Help smooth the way for new inductee
     
     
    Pennsbury School District
    134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
    Fallsington, PA 19058
    Telephone: 215-428-4100
    Mission Statement
    Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
    the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
    ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
    national district of character
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