Staff Development

MacKenzie Phelps

Staff Development Teacher: Ms. Mackenzie Phelps

  • B.A. Communications, University of Scranton, 1998
  • M.A. Special Education, George Washington University, 2002
  • 2001-2011: Magruder High School – Special Education Teacher, English Teacher, and Staff Development Teacher
  • 2011-present: Blake High School – Special Services Teacher and Staff Development Teacher

Job Description

The school-based staff development teacher (SDT) is an instructional leader who fosters development and growth of professional learning communities and facilitates job-embedded staff development. In collaboration with the principal, school leadership, and other stakeholders, the SDT supports the goal of building staff capacity to meet system wide and local school initiatives to increase student learning.

MCPS, 9/21/2004

Roles of a Staff Developer

Coach: Helps teachers transfer learning experiences into practice through learning-focused conversations

Catalyst for Change: Guides school staff in assessing effectiveness of instructional practices and moves staff to implement necessary systemic changes

Consultant: Supports individuals or groups in determining the best course of action to carry out specific tasks or meet specific objectives

Facilitator: Designs and implements processes to create productive and collaborative interactions to bring about desired results

Resource Provider: Provides resources to help school staff reach desired goals

Program Manager: Manages the comprehensive professional development plans within the school

Trainer: Helps school staff acquire new skills and knowledge through custom-designed training and job-embedded follow-up

*Adapted from Killion, J. &Harrison, C. "Multiple Roles of Staff Development Teacher"*

Last Updated: 10/11/16