The Spark!

District Professional Development Newsletter Spring 2016

Student Goal Setting and Data Tracking with Tammy Heflebower

Dr. Tammy Heflebower was back in our district on March 1st to discuss student goal setting and data tracking. One of the things discussed was the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset. We also discussed effective feedback. Effective feedback does not do the thinking for the student. It makes the students have to go back to their work and find the mistakes to fix and think more deeply. Try to find time in your schedule to work with students on setting goals and providing effective feedback on those goals, so students can continue to grow and learn.

MO Staff Development Conference

The MO Staff Development Conference was held on March 6-8. This conference helps guide our professional development work for the district. Ashley Panhorst, Tina Lauer, and Dr. Danielle Tormala presented at the conference on our district's professional development journey. The keynote speakers included Ken O'Connor and Doug Reeves, who both spoke about the importance of standards based grading and the results it has for kids. A quick overview about grading from Ken O'Connor is shown below.
Solution Tree: Ken O'Connor on Grading Effectively

Help for Billy

Are you noticing students coming into your classroom with trauma that they feeling from home? Do you have strategies in place to help these children? Heather Forbes the author of Help for Billy put on an informational seminar on April 16th. She provided helpful insight on trauma that maybe popping up in your classroom. She also gave great strategies to help with these students.

If you were unable to attend please check her book out at the District Professional Development Library located at Central Office. This book is an easy read and is a great resource!

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As an alternative type of professional development opportunity, the DPDC is sponsoring an edcamp at Jefferson Intermediate School on Saturday, June 4th from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. We have some great door prizes that have been donated so far from vendors such as Learning A-Z, IPEVO, Storyboard That, Nearpod, Class Compete, Lego Education, and more. We will have a makerspace set up in the library and BreakoutEDU sessions, in addition to the sessions decided that day. Please go to the following website to register or to learn more about what edcamps are: You can also read this article from Scholastic that explains edcamps and how they are changing the way people are gaining professional development.

We have also invited educators from other districts to come and learn with us that day. So please sign up to attend and spread the news with all of your teacher friends about our edcampl

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Other Summer Offerings

Don't forget to sign up for some of the amazing Professional Development opportunities that the DPDC is offering this summer. Click the link below to view the brochure:

And register for workshops here:

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