"To learn with passionate intensity, young children need models. They need teachers who are avid learners." — Ellin Keene
The Professional Learning Program exists to provide opportunities for all of us to be learners and to improve our practice with one mission in mind: to improve the student experience.
Professional Learning Day, November 6, 2012
PowerPoints for APS Staff
PowerPoint for AB Staff
PowerPoints for Paraprofessionals
Reading Workshop led by Kathy Collins
Kathy Collins worked with Lucy Calkins at Columbia Teachers College in the Writing Project and the Reading Project and continues to teach at Columbia's Summer Institutes.
This past year, Sharon Ryan, APS Reading Specialist at McCarthy-Towne, facilitated a Book Study for Kathy's book, entitled Growing Readers.
Much to everyone's delight, Kathy made a special visit during the book discussion!
This summer, Kathy provided an overview of the Reading Workshop on two separate occasions: June 28th and 29th for educators of grades K-2 and July 12th and 13th for grades 3-6. She discussed the following topics:
Over 55 educators participated, including classroom teachers, special educators, reading specialists, classroom assistants, assistant principals, and principals.
Next summer, July 8th-11th, we plan (it's still tentative until we can sign a contract, but we've reserved the dates) to bring Columbia Teacher's College to Acton to facilitate a Growing Readers Home Grown Institute. We are also hopeful that we can get Kathy back to be one of the facilitators.
Below are quotes from educators articulating how Kathy's workshop will impact their teaching of reading:
Research and Development
This summer, over 80 educators worked collaboratively on over 37 Research and Development Projects to create curriculum from creating Differentiated Reading Units to Support Guided Reading to Developing Resources to Teach Website Evaluation and Citation and Redesigning AP Biology to Meet the New College Board Frameworks.
Research and Development (R&D) projects are intended to substantively advance current practice. All approved proposals incorporated the following components and thoroughly addressed the embedded questions:
Protocols are structured ways (procedures and criteria) to work and communicate that promote adult growth and are directly linked to student learning. They promote meaningful and efficient communication, problem solving and learning. Protocols give time for active listening and reflection so that all voices in the group are heard and honored.
This summer, two 3-day workshops were held for 28 staff members. Four of our own educators and administrators, those who were trained last fall during a five-day training session, led these sessions.
A three-day training was held for staff members interested in expanding their skills in addressing various types of conflicts. Managing conflicts and disagreements and having difficult conversations are an important component of our work as educators. The goal of this training was to develop strategies, tools, and language to help participants engage successfully in different situations. Metropolitan Mediation Services (MMS), an organization that has offered mediation services in the Greater Boston area since 1984, facilitated the training. MMS provides mediation services to businesses, government agencies, schools, courts, social service agencies, and individuals from Greater Boston neighborhoods and families. They also provide conflict resolution training to business people, attorneys, judges, mental health professionals, and educators, among many others
Lion Training (no, not that kind!)
All APS educators received training on the new "Lion" operating system.
6 Traits Writing
The 6 Traits is a writing model that provides a shared vocabulary and vision for developing the qualities of good writing. By using a common language for writing assessment, teachers provide students with clear, accurate and usable feedback. This model can be used with any and all writing programs that are presently used in the districts. It is also applicable to every content area and grade level.