Providing the best professional development in the state of Kansas is
a long-standing goal of Garden City Public Schools. Every month, USD
457 offers dozens of professional development seminars to assist our
teachers in becoming the best educator possible. Each summer, more
in-depth academies are offered for reading instruction, classroom
management, and other topics. Our teachers also have many opportunities
to participate in special grant-funded opportunities, such as Technology
Rich Classrooms, Teaching American History, and Dual Language, just to
name a few. Of course, all of these oppourunities are provided without
cost to our employees, and the hours spent in professional development
activites accumulate to advance our employees on the salary schedule.
The district also offer several supports for teachers who must pass
certification tests to gain licensure in Kansas or to add additional
endorsements to their teaching license. The district has study guides
available for all Praxis assessments. Additionally, review sessions are
offered for the Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning assessment as
well as the Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages assessment.
Once USD 457 teachers pass assessments neccessary to gain needed
licensure or endorsements, the district reimburses teachers for the cost
of their assessments.
The district offers a number of tuition reimbursement programs for
graduate study. The Master's Tuition Reimbursement Program provides up
to $5,000 for teachers to pursue their first master's degree related to
an educational area. In 2010, the cost of graduate tuition averaged just
$243 per credit hour, so much of the cost of a master's degree is
covered. For teachers seeking a master's degree in special education or
English as a second language, USD 457 can cover virtually all tuition
expenses. Teachers can also recieve tuition reimbursement specific to
gaining English as a second language, special education, and reading
specialist endorsements. In exchange for tuition reimbursement, teachers
are asked to make a commitment to teach in USD 457 for two years for
endorsement programs and five years for master's programs.