The final portion of the district professional development day kicked the learning into high gear as the entire district gathered in the High School Commons. After sharing ideas through EdCamp discussions and having an opportunity to learn and do during the choice-based sessions, the teachers participated in a series of quick-moving, highly-focused speed discussions. 33 tables were set up in the Commons with one facilitator at each table. Each facilitator had information to answer one of 33 hot-button questions, and as the teachers entered, they took a seat at any table they were interested in. The facilitator at the table led a 12-minute discussion where the information was shared, discussed, and expanded on. At the end of the 12 minutes, the teachers moved to another table for their next discussion. In all, the teachers were able to participate in five different discussions to explore some of the most pressing issues facing our students and staff.
For more information on the speed discussions, including a list of the facilitators and their questions and links to many of the handouts, please click on read more below.
One of the goals of Friday's professional development day was to avoid the dreaded "sit and get" style of professional learning and to get the staff active, involved, and invested. The effort started with the morning's focus on sharing ideas through EdCamp discussions (read more here) and continued with two-hour choice-based presentations. Staff members had 18 different sessions to choose from led by people from across the district, and the sessions were all built around the idea of learning and doing - learn a new practice or tool, then put those ideas into practice.
For more information about all of the amazing choice-based presentations that were offered, please click on read more below.
The February 14th district professional development day was all about taking control of PD and learning out loud.
To learn more about the day and all of the incredible ideas that were shared, please click on read more below and check in later for more posts!
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.