Professional Growth System
The Professional Growth System is a collaborative effort between the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers designed to improve instruction at all schools. PGS is an aligned system that sets clear expectations for teachers and administrators, defines standards of practice, creates transparency, provides data on teacher performance and focuses on teacher support and improvement. PGS aligns teaching standards, professional development, observation tools and evaluation tools.
PGS is made up of two components: the Peer Assistance and Review Program (PAR) and the Formal Observation Cycle (FO Cycle). Please find an in-depth and detailed description of the Professional Growth System in the Manual below.