I’m sure the last thing a teacher is thinking about right now is summer professional development, but! Melinda Miller is an amazing principal that I get to call friend, conference roomie, and creative collaborator! We’ve teamed up this week to bring our campuses a fun opportunity for summer professional development This is obviously not required, but some fun alternatives and for my Wolves, a chance to “win” a free day off in the fall for every bingo they complete. I’ve also offered a free PD book of their choice for each bingo! The activities are easy, and hopefully, something they can use to grow and stretch over the summer. The effectiveness of professional development depends on how carefully educators think, plan out, and implement what they are learning. These choices support not only our campus learning initiatives but also support our state evaluation system which asks each year for teachers to develop a professional growth plan. These are launching points for each teacher for their self assessment that we do in August.
I want our school to be a place where both adults and students learn. Staff who routinely develop their own knowledge and skills model for students that learning is important and useful. Their ongoing development creates a culture of learning throughout the school and supports our efforts to engage students in learning. A school that prioritizes staff development demonstrates that it is serious about all educators performing at higher levels. As a result, the entire school is more focused and effective. These activities are more FUN than what we typically see in a PD setting, but this is also a GREAT time of year for teachers to remember that learning can (and should) be fun!
My teachers are done as of a half day tomorrow, so I hope they use some of these squares to connect with me over the summer, my halls are so lonely without them!