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Knowledge is Power: Fresno Unified Offers Comprehensive Professional Learning Program
Editor's Note: Fresno Unified is committed to maintaining its status as the employer of choice in the central San Joaquin Valley. The district will offer a series of stories outlining the many benefits of working within Fresno Unified.

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Fresno Unified employees hold interesting and challenging jobs, are rewarded for the contributions they make in students' lives, and are provided with a variety of training and development opportunities to progress professionally.

All employees -- certificated staff, certificated leaders, and classified staff -- are provided with a system of professional learning that offers opportunities to grow professionally and gain skills and knowledge for high performance.
"Our wide range of professional learning opportunities separates Fresno Unified from many school districts statewide," said Melissa Dutra, instructional superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning. "A true professional never stops learning. We equip our employees with curriculum based on best practices and the most up-to-date research."

Certificated teachers receive a minimum of 24 hours of district-led professional learning and a minimum of 54 hours of site-based professional learning. Trainings consists of face-to-face as well as structured collaboration time to maximize teacher learning.

As part of the continuum of support for teachers, Fresno Unified is committed to thoughtful, common, and differentiated professional learning. For example, to meet the needs of new teachers, each new teacher is assigned an instructional coach who works side-by-side with them on a weekly basis for two years.

Support is intended to help new teachers take effective actions that will result in substantial and sustained improvements in performance. They also participate in five additional days of professional learning that includes classroom observations and conference style sessions to meet their needs. These five days support the baseline professional learning that all teachers receive.

Interested in pursuing a career with Fresno Unified? View current certificated, management, and classified openings by visiting www.fresnounified.org and clicking on "Jobs."