We believe that our students are at the heart of all we do, and inherent in this reality is the opportunity to further amplify student voice. This school year we’ve had students teach us about Sphero programmable robot droids at a PD breakout session, and we even had kids present to our School Board as part of our site curriculum presentation. Now our students are helping us flip a faculty PD session!
The flipped PD video that’s linked above features students from the principal’s podcast crew that elected to give up one recess period to spend a working lunch with their principal creating a video for us. Teachers are asked to watch the four minute video and reflect on their learning and PD this school year. That’s all that needs to happen prior to our PD session on May 18th. The video provides an overview that will allow us to maximize our time together.
I’m really looking forward to our next PD session. We’re serving up an innovative PD experience using a format made popular by the hit TV show: CHOPPED! Come hungry to collaborate and bring your appetite too! We’ll be using a semi-structured format to facilitate cross grade-level collaboration with a relaxed culinary backdrop.
Our mission is to plan Professional Development (PD) opportunities that are so responsive that every single teacher walks away from their breakout session-choice feeling empowered. Each month’s focus will align with one of our three building goals:
1.) High Student Achievement in Literacy
2.) Meaningful Technology Integration
3.) Relationships and Culture
HUGE shout-outs to our PD Chair, PD team, and our site data team. Your time and leadership has us in a great position to focus our efforts while continuing to learn and grow.
Our first round of staff PD Breakout Sessions will be Monday, October 27th and the focus will be technology. The session options below were planned based on staff feedback collected using the “Empowered Learning” forum in Moodle last spring. Sign-up for each session can be done online and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available.
Session 1 (Flipped)
Connecting with Classrooms across the Country
Guiding Question: How might we teach students to connect and share responsibly? We’ll respond to the video and discuss the pedagogy & tools to connect kids to an authentic audience. We will also participate in a GHO video-conference with a school in another state. Please view the five minute “flipped PD” video prior to our session.
Twitter 101: Getting Started…Getting Connected
Guiding Question: What is Twitter and how are educators leveraging it to connect and share? Learn the basics of Twitter like how to Tweet, basics of the bio, and the art of the hashtag. There will be a time for collaboration and assistance in setting up a Twitter account at the end of the session.
We’re looking forward to experiencing many teacher-led sessions facilitated by our very own #GWgreats over the course of the school year. This year we are also piloting an approach to making our monthly PD breakouts OPTIONAL for staff. If you’d prefer to engage with a monthly theme in a different way than what we have planned, we want to empower you to do so. Own your learning! Attend an EdCamp, organize a cross-grade collaborative conversation, observe a colleague and try something new.
A special thank you to the connected educators from across the country that took time to share a short video clip about how/why they are connecting. They’re listed below in order of appearance. I have learned so much from these educators, and encourage you to follow them all on Twitter:
Pernille Ripp | @pernilleripp
Natalie Hull | @misshulljse
Adam Welcome | @awelcome
Erin Klein | @kleinerin
Penngrove Elementary Staff | @mrsnewman014 @msjanuleski @mcandersen88 @ohsposato @mrsfadeji
Brian Costello | @btcostello05
Celeste Mayhood | @celesteclm
John Fritzky | @johnfritzky
Justin Schleider | @schleiderjustin
Becca Bailey | @artwithbailey
Eric Sheninger | e_sheninger
Heather Cooper | @hcooper815
Shelly Roche | @mrsrochejse
Kory Graham | @tritonkory
Jeff Bradbury | @teachercast
Kimberly Hurd | @khurdhorst
Ashley Drill | @mrsdrill3rd
Jamie Tewksbury | @mrstewksbury3rd
Tony Sinanis | @tonysinanis