Personalized Learning and Professional Development offer Saturday classes for employees
CASTLE ROCK— Whether it’s family commitments, a second job or another reason, attending professional development classes in the evening is not always convenient or possible for many employees. Earlier this year, Personalized Learning and Professional Development began offering a Saturday training option for Douglas County School District (DCSD) employees who want to take advantage of the training, but were unable to participate on weeknights. The Saturday classes are now offered twice during the school year.
Most recently, the two departments offered fifteen classes on Saturday, October 22 in Cresthill Middle School. Nearly 300 DCSD employees participated in classes covering a variety of personalized learning topics, such as how to write an IEP, autism, behavior management, restorative practices and more.
“I learned many practical ways to better engage students with Autism in the academic setting,” commented one participant on their feedback form.
Another feedback form said, “What I learned from this class is very useful in my everyday position. It challenged me to look at students in a different way and be more understanding.”
The Saturday classes are open to special education teachers, general education teachers, paraprofessionals, classified staff and any other DCSD employee who would like personalized learning training, but have not been able to attend evening classes.
“Often the classes we hold on these days are some of our most highly requested classes that are always full,” says Personalized Learning Professional Development Coordinator, Jenifer Nerwin.
The Saturday offerings are not just a schedule accommodation, though, they are also an opportunity for employees to network across their fields and across their geographical locations.
“If you have somebody that works in Castle Rock in early childhood, for example, they’re now collaborating with someone who works in a high school Bridge program in Highlands Ranch. This is a great opportunity for them to meet each other and learn together all in one day, and past participants have loved this opportunity,” says Personalized Learning Professional Development Coordinator, Elizabeth Daly.
The next Saturday classes will be offered on February 4, 2017. Registration will be open soon in InspirED.