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Montgomery County Maryland
All 193 schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, have a full-time staff development teacher whose role is to provide building-level instructional support. Each school also has a staff development substitute teacher who is only available to relieve teachers for professional development. The staff development substitute teacher receives higher pay than traditional substitutes. The school staff developer schedules the substitute's time based on requests from classroom teachers.

Contact information:
Montgomery County Public Schools
850 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 279-3301

Iowa City Schools, Iowa City, Iowa

In addition to district-wide early release time every Thursday, Iowa City Schools uses outside grant monies to buy substitute teacher time to assist groups of teachers who work together or attend workshops.

Contact information:
Iowa City Community School District
509 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 339-6800
FAX: (319) 339-6890

Elementary schools:

Madison Park School (grades 3-8), Phoenix, Arizona
Two full-time substitute teachers are available to release teachers to work together, individually, or with one of the school’s master teachers. In addition, teachers have elected to exchange two preparation periods a week for a larger block of time for teacher collaboration.

Contact information:
Madison Park School
1431 E. Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 664-7500

Camelview Elementary School (grades K-2), Phoenix, Arizona
With additional outside funding, the school hired an extra teacher who specializes in social studies and science. The school has also designated a 90-minute block of time for professional development four days a week. During this time, students attend specials, including science and social studies, while teachers work both collaboratively and individually.

Contact information:
Madison Camelview Elementary School
2002 Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 664-7200