Summer filled with training, professional development opportunities
“It’s no longer about standards and testing those standards,” explained Murphy. “It’s about using those standards in a pathway towards a skill to develop and master that world class outcome. That was probably the biggest 'ah ha' that we accomplished during the workshop.”
“It was amazing how many in the room made that shift right in front of our very eyes,” she added.
The World Class Education staff provided differentiated instruction, so that the teachers could learn at their own pace. The goal is for the educators to have backwards designed units that are ready to use for the fall.
Murphy believes that will translate to increased teacher effectiveness, as these educators take the lessons back to their classroom.
“I know we will see unbelievable engagement with the students, phenomenal summative assessments, and, we hope the teachers feel the results of their planning and hard work in this two-day workshop next year when they are in their classrooms, and through their students’ success,” Murphy said.
Teachers interested in attending the remaining workshops will want to contact the World Class Education department. They can sign up for the professional development courses by going to the Center for Professional Development’s Online Course Catalog.
The goal is also to train representatives from each school as Curriculum and Instructional Leaders (CILs) and those teacher leaders will then share their knowledge with their colleagues.