Throughout the summer, professional development courses based on technology in the classroom, were hosted at the PPSB district office. Teachers participated in classes that, not only added to their classroom tool belts, but fostered collaboration and gave teachers opportunities to reflect and grow. Grade specific courses were offered which gave teachers the support and time to develop curriculum maps, assessments, and scope and sequence to plan their year. Some teachers focused their courses on content specific information such as Math Solutions, student centered literacy, Document Based Questioning in social studies, integrating numeracy and literacy in physical education, and expanding the role of the school librarian among many others. Other teachers focused their summer learning on enhancing the use of technology in their curriculum, building their online presence, embracing Google classroom and using the tools they have in their classroom to hop on the technology train.
Professional development extended beyond the walls of the district office. Some teachers attended “externships” to look at the correlation of work force needs and skills taught across disciplines.
Finally, we wrapped up the summer professional development with teachers teaching teachers. Teacher leaders attended a two day Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans. Those teacher leaders redelivered approximately 40 sessions to all PPSB teachers on August 9th at the district’s Professional Development Day. We are looking forward to supporting our teachers as they implement what they have learned throughout the school year.
Thank you to Laurie Carlton, Patricia Haydel, Kelly DiMarco and Courtney Bullock for coordinating a summer of rich opportunities for our teachers.