Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#WeeLearn in the Summer

Classrooms are silent and empty. Displaced furniture crowds hallways to make space for maintenance and construction projects. Yet, the WHS media center is BUZZING. It is summer and summer in Weehawken is for learning.

WTSD teachers and the administrative team are participating in summer professional development academies held daily in the WHS Media Center. The summer academies kicked off on July 11th and run through August 19th. Francesca Amato, Director of Academic Affairs and Innovation, is administering the entire summer academy program. All of the academies consist of a series of workshop-style sessions with a focus on providing teachers with classroom-ready strategies to enhance student achievement.

The complete lineup of summer academies is as follows:
  • PBL Via Google Apps
  • Enhancing Formative Assessment Practices
  • UBD Curriculum Mapping
  • Mathspace
  • CODE.org
  • Envision Math
  • Middlebury Language
  • Standards-based Report Cards
  • Google Apps Level 1 Certification
  • Stevens Institute NJRaise
  • PARCC Data Analysis
  • Ditch the Textbook and Turn your Social Studies Class into a Citizenship Lab

Ms. Amato is facilitating the UbD Curriculum Mapping academies. Mr. Calligy, District Digital Information Officer, will lead teachers through two Google Apps for Education Level 1 Certification Boot Camps. Mrs. McGinley is leading the Standard-based Report Cards course. I facilitated the PBL via Google Apps and Enhancing Formative Assessment Practices sessions in early July.

The participation of almost the entire teaching staff and all of the administrative team is indicative of our educators’ collective commitment to lifelong learning and research-based teaching practices. It is going to be very exciting to see how teachers implement what they learned during their summer academies in their classrooms come fall.

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