2013-2014 Afterschool Professional Development Workshops
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Learner Active, Technology Infused Classroom
During the 2013-2014 school year, a cohort of eight Villano teachers will be participating in year one of a three year professional development program provided by IDE Corp. entitled, The Learner Active, Technology Infused Classroom. Over the course of the first year, teachers will understand strategies and structures of the Learner Active, Technology Infused Classroom. Teachers will then design a problem based, differentiated instructional unit and implement it withing their classroom. Teachers will be provided on site coaching and feedback as they implement the unit and design subsequent units. All units will be designed to align with the Common Core State Standards and provide the types of assessments expected from the PARCC instructional strategies and structures will be aligned with the district teacher evaluation rubric, Danielson's Framework for Effective Teaching.
Summer Learning Ongoing for Emerson Faculty
Although school was out for summer, Emerson teachers were still in the classroom! Emerson teachers participated in a variety of summer professional development opportunities.
Summer of Twitter Challenge
Sixth grade Social Studies teacher, Dennis Gordon, led 34 administrators and teachers in the Summer of Twitter Challenge where educators from around the country use Twitter to connect with others in education throughout the summer.
Summer Literacy Academy
The school district also offered a Summer Literacy Academy co-sponsored by LitLife to all teachers in early July. The three day morning academy entitled, Strengthening the Core: Toning Your Literacy Instruction, focused on practices and ideas that drive the Common Core State Standards with an exploration in text complexity. Teachers examined how to determine the complexities of texts, and how they engage students in the reading of texts at various levels. Afternoon sessions included Supporting Struggling Readers, Genres of Writing, Developing Student Growth Objectives, Reading in the Content Areas and Creating Performance Based Assessments.
Collaborative Teaching 101
In August, the Villano fourth grade Inclusion team, Ellen DePinto and Kristin Vitale, facilitated a two day workshop for all new collaborative teaching pairs that focused on best practices, team planning and effective teaching strategies for mainstream and special education teachers.
New Teacher Orientation
Summer professional development concluded with a two day New Teacher Orientation for all newly hired faculty. Activities included a bus tour of Emerson, presentation of District goals and expectations, meetings with building principals, training of the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching and use of technologies used in the district.