WSD Summer Professional Development Workshops

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Although we are not running the Summer Institute this year, there are several workshop options for professional development this August.  We have planned workshops for the Year 2 and 3 inductees and have decided to open these workshops up to the entire staff.  Each workshop session will be led by the Staff Developers and will run from 8:00 AM–11:00 AM (exact rooms TBD).  You can receive 3 hours of Act 48 hours for each workshop you attend.   Check out My Learning Plan to find out the workshop offerings and to register. You are free to register for these courses until August 1st, 2011.  There is limited space so if you are interested in participating in these workshops, please register ASAP.

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Summer Reading 2.0

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What will you be reading this summer?  Hopefully you have compiled a list of fiction and non-fiction titles to peruse while at the beach, pool, mountains or wherever you will put your feet up this summer.  In addition to books, we propose that you check out some of the great reading opportunities online through blogs, wikis, and professional social networks.  Click on over to the eToolBox page on Reading 2.0 and see a great list of blogs and websites to start with.  Do you use any other online venue for catching up on professional development or that you think would be good for teachers?  Add them to the list by filling out the form below the list!

Summer Play!  Thinking about spending some of your summer time exploring new resources for next year?  Check out Shelfari to create a book group to share your love of reading with your peers or students.

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What will you learn this summer?

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Check out this great blog post about summer professional development opportunities.

Which one(s) will you do??

The MCIU is also once again offering many workshops and sessions this summer.  Check out their catalog to find something that might interest you.

Here is another post highlighting 77 web resources for educators to try out this summer.

Which ones will you try to integrate into your teaching in the fall?

Are you aware of other summer learning opportunities for teachers?  If so, leave us a comment so others can benefit!

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Talking about Teaching with Jim Knight

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Instructional expert Jim Knight visits Michael Covarrubias to observe a lesson on context clues, discuss the classroom management techniques he is using already, and share some ideas to increase student engagement. Michael and Jim discuss emphasizing effort, getting students attention before asking questions, using response cards, and planning back-up activities.

Welcome to the Wissahickon Professional Development Blog

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We hope to use this blog as a place for all things Professional Development in the Wissahickon School District. Check back soon for updates and to find out what’s going on with PD!