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Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 3rd Teacher Professional Development Day: Cultivating Talent From Within

Our third teacher professional development day of the new school year was held on Friday, October 3rd (the first two PD days were held before school opening on August 25th & 26th).

Modeled after our new 'WIN Time' ('What I Need') for students, a daily period during which students receive (very specifically) what they need in terms of academic support or extension, teachers at CSDA enjoyed their inservice day receiving 'WIN' professional development.

A staff survey had been conducted to determine the training needs and interests of our staff, and then two planning meetings were held to develop the schedule and program for the day.  CSDA staff trainers volunteered for service, and provided instruction to their colleagues in educational technology (Google Apps, SmartBoard software, and LearnZillion), as well as Readers Workshop.  Along with the more formal training, staff members got to enjoy extra 'applied practice' coaching sessions with the trainers, during which they were able to engage with the new material, and produce work that could be used with students in the time ahead.

The day was very successful, with strong reviews from program participants.  Way to go, CSDA!  THIS is how we get to the next level!

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