This summer, all teachers will attend a required training to learn more about the instructional framework for our district. The goal of this professional development opportunity is to ensure highly effective instruction in every classroom in each of the district’s 16 schools. The six-hour training communicates a common language and consistent expectations for all students.
Maurice Chappell, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, empowered teacher leaders from each school to plan and implement the training program. “I knew it would be more effective to have a core group of teachers design and deliver the training.” A group of 15 teachers and 2 principals met this spring to plan the professional development and then were available at each of the training days to teach their peers.
“We know what should be in a good lesson but we always need to analyze our own lessons to make an effective growth plan both for us as teachers and for our students,” stated Erin Ball. Ball is an eighth grade language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School.
Her colleague Catherine Foust teaches seventh grade language arts. Foust referred to this training as a great equalizer for all students in Scott County.
“This has been helpful to apply to my own classroom. We are really concentrating on how people learn so we can meet individualized learning needs because we know all students are capable of learning,” Foust commented.
More than 150 teachers attended the first day with around 300 completing the training to date. There are three additional training opportunities for the remainder of the district’s teachers. The first day of school for students is August 10.
Lori Beth Mays, Principal at Lemons Mill, leads a training session for elementary teachers.