In order to ensure that the district, state and federal initiatives are met, it is essential to provide a clear articulated plan for the district. Based on student achievement data and needs assessments, the district has identified focus areas for all staff. The content of professional development is the topic knowledge, skills, or competencies staff members need to meet district goals. It is “what staff members need to know”. The focus of professional development at the district and school levels is driven by student educational goals, the District's action plan and aims.