Professional Development

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Donorschoose.org is a crowd sourcing website just for public school teachers. Have an amazing idea for your students but do not have all the materials you need? Donorschoose.org is the the place to make your classroom dreams come true. Need just the basics? You can get that too! Learn from an expert who has received over $25,000 worth of materials through 107 funded projects. This experience will change your classroom and empower you to become an advocate for your students in a whole new way!
Click the image above to visit donorschoose.org.

GC Classroom

The world is shrinking every day thanks to the amazing technology we have through Skype and other free global connection tools. The learning experiences that are available to your students through these tools are endless. If you are interested in starting with the basics of Mystery Skype, advancing forward with classroom partnerships, or digging deeper with global collaboration projects and virtual field trips, this session is for you. This can be offered as a whole school PD session or as a model lesson in a classroom where teachers observe. This session must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. A bad Skype call is better than a good worksheet any day!  

arts

 Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s ditch the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons, and more. Let us know what you need and we will craft a personalized learning experience for your school.

Tech Integration

Are you seeking new and exciting 21st Century tools to hook and engage learners in your classroom? Do you need apps, websites, and tech tools that are more than games and indoor recess tools? Do you need students in your classroom to share their learning with a finished product that was made digitally rather than with the traditional poster and diorama? Join this session to leave with a bag full of tricks to use with your students tomorrow. 

PLN

Twitter is the fastest growing social network of educators, yet many in the profession are still not tapping into this world-wide collaboration of teachers. Imagine planning, participating in, and leading your own professional development at your own pace and place. Every teacher knows their greatest professional need and Twitter is the place to get exactly the learning you need. Whether you have had a Twitter account for years or if you still think “tweeting” is what a bird does, this session is for you. Learn how the power of a being a globally connected educator can free your classroom from the boundaries of four walls and bring a world of learning to you and your students!

DOK

 For classroom teachers, one of the most important questions of one’s of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. In this professional training session your staff will walk through the basics of DOK and learn some hands-on engaging strategies to bring depth of knowledge and understanding to your lessons.

LSG

Have you heard a about Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning (AIIBL™), but really have no clue where to start? Lily Sarah Grace, LSG, is leading the way in educating teachers in this process and helping them get the funding they need for their arts integrated, inquiry based projects. Want to take your students to deeper depths of knowledge, Jed Dearybury serves on the board for the organization and can walk your staff through an introduction to AIIBL™ and the LSG grant writing process. Click the image above to visit their website and learn more about this incredible organization. (Grants only available to under funded elementary schools at this time.)

 If you are interested in any of the above professional development experiences, please contact
PSTA Director of Professional Development & Communications, Jed Dearybury at mrdearybury@bellsouth.net