Relevant PD Made REALLY Simple

Great day of PD at Staley High School

I teach at Staley High School in the North Kansas City Schools and, recently, we celebrated a day of professional development edcamp-style and from all accounts it was a great success.

Teachers chose the session topics.

Teachers taught the sessions.

Teachers chose which sessions they would attend.

Students enjoyed videotaping the sessions for the teachers.

What’s that you ask?

Experts in our midst!

Matt Nevels and Theresa Crystal answer questions about Black Board and Power School.

YOU MEAN TO TELL ME YOUR ADMINISTRATION TRUSTED YOUR TEACHERS TO KNOW WHAT THEY NEEDED AND THEN TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS?

Yes, that is what I am saying.

Teachers were asked to share their expertise. They were asked to share their needs. The expertise and needs were naturally braided together to create a morning of celebrated learning.

There were several sessions ranging from How to Plan with Design in Mind to Defining Blackboard Skills and Using DocCameras and QuickTime Videos to Support Instruction among other topics.

Each session was taught by a colleague with demonstrated expertise. Each session ran for three cycles with almost 100 teachers attending the three sessions they chose. One of the best parts–no signing up weeks in advance only to find the day irrelevant.

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Staley student filming PD sessions

On the contrary, the PD was timely and fun. It was a day of celebrated learning!

If you are interested in more information about the value of TRUSTING your teachers and using edcamp-style for your school or district’s professional development, email cmershon@nkcschools.org and tell him Twitter sent you. 🙂

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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

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