The best part of learning is sharing what you know
My ability to grow and to collaborate is a valuable strength in the ways I value Professional Development to sharpen the skills of my practice. For most of my career, I taught in a county with over 24,000 students and was recognized as a leader in teaching by invitations to join leadership cohorts, attend national conferences, pilot programs, and present to colleagues. With a team of both middle and high school teachers, I created a pilot and co-wrote the curriculum for an Advanced World History class, now implemented at six middle schools. Twice, I was asked to showcase a lesson to our school board, recognized as a teacher whose instruction is worthy of highlighting. While I think outside of the box and take risks for the sake of student learning, I consider myself a team player in the overall school goals. I have pitched in to help remediate in both Math and English as a part of School Improvement plans. Below are some highlights of valuable Professional Development and honorable positions I've received and how it has helped others.
An instructional Leader as a teacher
In 2016, I moved to Dickson County Middle School, and in the first semester, I have been asked to facilitate Professional Development for the entire staff while still teaching 7th grade History. Also, I serve on the Instructional Leadership Team.
As a result of my experiences, I've shared how the Google Suite for education enables teachers to collaborate so my current principal, in his initiative to bring the PLC model to DMS, distributed chrome books to the entire staff. There, I have helped teachers integrate Google Classroom in their practice, and my door is always open so colleagues can see how I use my vast experience and training to encourage student engagement. Below are some of the trainings I've received and led.
From McRel, the PD Balanced Leadership shows school leaders how to apply the 21 responsibilities to their professional practices, and, in doing so, choose the right focus for school improvement efforts. With teachers and leaders across the district, I have participated in this PD throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
Project Based Learning
In Virginia, I was chosen to one of the first 20 teachers in the county to be trained by Buck Institute. The project I designed was chosen as one of the top from across the country, and is featured here.
The EdTechTeam Summit was a high intensity two-day training. It was a chance for me to network and learn new ways to integrate and use G Suite for Education to promote student learning. The trainers featured Google Certified Educators, Google Innovators, Google Certified Trainers, and practicing administrators. I look forward to using what I learned and sharing with others.
Teacher LEadership Cohort
I was chosen to participate in a cohort where throughout the year, teachers met to share our voice in the decision-making process about the most effective ways for digital tools to be used to support and positively impact student learning. By participating, I was given 10 chrome books for my class. Here is my presentation to showcase the growth and impact on students.
I was chosen by the district to attend this information-filled conference in Fall of 2018.
21st century Classrooms
Since moving to Dickson Middle School, I have worked with peers and administration to bring some of my training to the teachers here. On January 2, I facilitated a training on the 4c's and Project Based Learning. The presentation is here.
Leadership Learning exchange
The Leadership Learning Exchange is a professional learning conference for over 400 participants from Spotsylvania County Public Schools. The outline of our presentation is here.