Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Professional Development for NHE Teachers

Thursday Morning Professional Development

Second Grade Collaborative Learning Team

The mission of the New Hampton Community School District is to empower all students to succeed in a changing world. 
 NHE educators need to empower themselves with training in order to fulfill the intent of our mission statement. Therefore, teachers are continually meeting and learning throughout the school year. 
August Inservice Days: At the beginning of each school year, teachers attend three days of inservice, which includes some training opportunities as well as time for meetings and for planning for the school year. The district usually plans about five - ten hours of professional training in those three days.
Education is changing rapidly and Late Starts: Parents know that about five times during the school year, there is a scheduled late start when the students are asked to come two hours late to school so teachers can engage in professional training activities.
Collaborative Learning Teams: NHE teachers meet one hour a month to focus on an instructional topic in Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT’s). In addition, each CLT meets once a week for planning and to talk about management issues. Pictured are the second grade CLT: Dixie Wakeman, Sara Baltes, Carolyn Nuss, Heather Maakestad, and Jess Geerts.
Thursday Morning Sessions: When possible, thirty minutes sessions are held on Thursday mornings at 7:30. During this month of February, Suzanne Duneman has met on three different Thursdays to train teachers to use the online resources available to them through Keystone AEA.
An Additional Day: There is usually a day- long professional development session planned for each year. This year it was planned for February, but was used as a snow make-up day. So that day has now been tacked on to the end of the year.
In addition, teachers take care of their own professional needs through course work and workshop attendance.
Education is changing rapidly. NHE teachers make a valiant attempt to keep up through ongoing professional training that is both offered by the district and pursued as individuals.