Professional Opportunities

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.

Tuition Reimbursement

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.