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Teacher Driven, Teacher Inspired EUSD Professional Development

posted Aug 28, 2014, 11:02 AM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Aug 28, 2014, 11:07 AM by Tom Borer ]
On Thursday, August 14, 2014, about 1,000 EUSD teachers, counselors, social workers, and administrators took on the role of learner.  They chose their learning from
over 41 morning and afternoon sessions based on grade level and experience with a topic.  This professional development was born as a collaboration between EUSD and EEEA and planned in the Teacher Support Group.  From there, professional development collaborators Marta Baker, Krystle Miller, and Leila Sackfield ran with the idea.     

In June, Technology Services distributed over 900 new MacBook Pros to certificated staff.  These laptops are powerful classroom and teaching tools and all sessions focused on providing digital resources for teachers to access during the session and afterwards.  Presenters showed great resilience when there were technical issues during the morning sessions and gracefully modeled what “Plan B” looks like.  Technology often gives us teachable moments and it’s in these moments where creativity and learning thrives.     

Presenters utilized My Big Campus, as our Learning Management System, to house resources such as videos, handouts, text, student samples, and real time discussions during sessions.  This gave teachers hands on time to explore and use one of the tools to help bring classrooms into the 21st Century.  Look for these resources posted in the My Big Campus EUSD Resources group.    

Teachers were given time to discuss, collaborate, explore, and try out.  Evaluations were overall very positive and included comments like:

“Interactive; incredibly practical tips that I'm excited to take back to my classroom! Speaker was excellent, great pacing.” - from Colin Hanel and Heather Peterson’s 1 iPad 1 Classroom session

“Very organized, offered excellent suggestions to get started with minimal work. Gina offered personal on site help to get started or work through a problem. Excellent, very knowledgeable” - from Gina Baldwin’s Meeting Students Needs with CompassLearning Odyssey Session 

“Loved that it was totally engaging and right away it was interesting! The kids are going to love it.” - from Tracy Middleton’s Primary Sources in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom Session

“Got me excited about starting the year (I wasn't too excited before this). I've already started 2-3 of his ideas. Yay! I'm happy to have solid ways to manage my students as I implement common core.” - from Rick Morris’ Classroom Management and Engagement session

“It was exactly what I needed to know about the laptop. I feel much more confident in using it now, and much more prepared to help my students develop 21st Century Learning Skills.” - from Tom Borer’s Intro to Your New Laptop session

Because of the success of this event, sessions will be repeated for Buy-Back hours.  All resources have been posted in the EUSD Resources My Big Campus group under Professional Development.  View pictures from the event here.