Professional Development Teacher Directed Day-October 5th
For this year, the full day teacher-directed day will take place on the October 5th PD Day, instead of the March PD Day. A couple of advantages of this switch include the ability of educators being able to have time to immediately build off of the EdCamp sessions, as well as have time for collaborative cross-discipline and grade level work.
Logistics: For this October PD day, we already have had requests for many teachers to attend offerings taking place outside of the district. Additionally, you will be able to work in your respective buildings for your collaborative PD activities, as there are no full-district coordinated activities for this PD Day. Since people will be spread out over the district or out of the district, lunch will be on your own.
Schedule: We are going to pilot using our Teachpoint PD Tracker for all of the sessions and the information provided in the form will be loaded into Teachpoint and used for sign-ins and then PDP distribution. Since we are piloting Teachpoint PD Tracker we will not be using the Sched.com builder that we used last year.
Proposal: In designing your proposals for your professional learning, you will be asked to identify how it aligns with our new strategic plan, school improvement goals, or your proposed professional practice/student learning goals. For any vertical or cross-district work, which has participants from different buildings working together, you will need to identify your location for your work together in the submitted form. This year, you will identify the location (school/room) of where you will be working.
All teachers are expected to complete a PD Proposal Form to let us know what you will be working on. If you are working with a group, one form with all of the group members names on it is adequate. For group work, you do not each need to submit a separate proposal, but please be sure to put in your full names into the proposal form. All of these directions can be found in the proposal form, and will be on our PD website later this week. Please complete the proposal form by September 22nd.
October 5 Proposal Form
In addition to our in-service days, we offer a variety of PD opportunities for staff including book studies, #MURSDLeads, and workshops. This year, I will be sharing out a weekly theme in the weekly updates. These will be similar to the Reimagining messages of last year, but will include a range of information such as videos, blog posts, quotes, or podcasts. We will be offering PDPs for your participation and reflection upon the weekly themes. Using the following form, you will write a brief reflection on what you learned and how it can be applied to your classrooms or your practice. You will need to complete 20 reflections to earn PDPs (10 total) and you will receive an additional PDP for every 2 additional entries you complete. You will submit the entries in June 2019.
This week's theme:
Determined people working together can accomplish anything.
We will be starting up our fall book studies for PBL and for SEL in the Classroom on October 1. Please email Maureen if you are interested in participating in either of the book studies, as we will be ordering any needed books this week. SEL in the Classroom books have been delivered to all teachers last week, which will be used this year to support our strategic goals around Social-Emotional Learning. Any paraprofessionals that wish to participate in a book study will receive the SEL in the Classroom book as well.
Primary Source Fall Course Offerings
Our district has a partnership with Primary Source and have four spots for teachers to attend courses, as well as online modules. The courses are excellent. If you are interested in participating in a course, please email Maureen Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org the name of the course and why you are interested. Registration closes by the end of September. Here is a link to the offerings.
Have a great week!