Students Benefit from Teachers Teaching Teachers

In the coming school year, the district will continue with an exciting professional learning endeavor for certificated employees who have reached the top of their salary schedule.

The Professional Learning Column (PL Column), first launched in 2014-15, supports students by helping teachers, nurses and speech language pathologists take courses focused on the four greatest areas of need in Fresno Unified: state standards, English learners, social/emotional support and multi-tiered systems of support.

Each school year, eligible certificated employees can take courses to hone their skills and upon successful completion of nine units (three courses), they receive a 3% increase in their salary for three years.

These last two years, several teachers in the district shared their skills and knowledge by teaching their colleagues in PL Column courses. The PL Column Department would like to recognize and thank the following district staff for their hard work and dedication to serving student needs by teaching courses: Sue Arnold, Wendy Denbesten, Karen Deorian, Brian Dvorak, Thomas Nixon, Kathy Mitton, Cathryn Dosetti, Amy Hardcastle, Amany Hweih, Susan Kalpakoff, Aline Kaufman, Brook Lewis, Brandon Dorman, Denise Nelson, Jeanna Perry, Brian Sue, Vang Thao, Donette Martin and Cari Lopez.

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Certificated staff interested in taking or teaching a PL Column course should contact the PL Column staff at (559) 457-3780.