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So...what does happen on In-Service days?

August 16, 2018

Keeping Current…..through professional development!

When people start anything new, they are generally excited about it, and teachers are just like everyone else in that way! Before students start classes at the beginning of the school year, teachers get together for a few days to learn about the latest resources purchased for them.  The publishers' sales representatives come to the buildings and show the teachers the details and changes as they all start out the new year using these new tools.  Prior to the  beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, our teachers learned about the new elementary Journey’s English Language Arts curriculum, middle school teachers learned about their new Science Dimension curriculum and high school teachers learned about the new Envision Math curriculum. As the school year progresses, additional follow up trainings about these new resources will be offered to staff.   

Teachers also participate in transitional meetings which allow them to collaborate and discuss incoming students with the teachers who taught the students the previous year.  This is a beneficial process because it provides our staff with a chance to plan instructional strategies that meet the overall needs, interests and learning style of the incoming class of students.  It also provides a time for staff to learn about individual students who may have health issues such as, but not limited to allergies, asthma, or seizures. It’s simply a great time for teachers to gain relevant information that will help them prepare for the personalities and learning styles of the students they will have the opportunity to teach during the 2018-2019 school year.

As the school year proceeds, in-service days are strategically placed throughout the calendar. During future professional development days, staff will complete training on Project Based Learning, which has been a recent push by the Kansas Department of Education. Project-Based Learning provides an opportunity for students to investigate or research a real-world problem or answer a complex question, then demonstrate what they’ve learned by creating and presenting a product or project.

On January 21, Perry Lecompton will welcome approximately 350 educators from seven area school districts to PLHS for a day of collaborating and shared professional development. We are excited to welcome keynote speaker Gerry Brooks to the Perry-Lecompton community.  Jerry is an elementary principal from the state of Kentucky who has become quite famous across the country due to his humorous YouTube videos.  Mr. Brooks will be focusing on building a positive school culture and relationships. For more information on Mr. Brooks, check out his YouTube channel by clicking HERE!

Families sometimes ask why we need to take time away from the classroom to do this work.  The answer is that it is our way to "sharpen the saw" and ensure that our teachers are ready to provide top-quality instruction.  Professional development keeps us current and USD 343 is very fortunate to have such willing and talented teachers!

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