Professional Growth Quarterly

September 1, 2020 - Volume 2, Issue 1

UPDATED 9/9/2020

Staying Up to Date with Professional Learning in Sumner County

A quarterly, electronic newsletter to keep all Sumner County Schools (SCS) educators informed with the most recent information on professional learning (PL) and Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) trainings for administrators.

In this Issue

  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    • SVA Virtual Training Opportunities [Added 9/9/2020]

    • DRIVE Sumner Survey - July 29 & 30 PL

    • What if I missed July 29 and/or 30?

    • K-12 Wit & Wisdom Collaborative Curriculum Study (Grade-Level Classroom Access)

    • 2020-2021 PL at a Glance

    • SCS Revamps Online PL Opportunities

    • Districtwide Book Studies

    • SPARKtacular Online PL Opportunity

    • Classroom Management PL Series for the K-5 class [Added 9/2/2020]

    • Graduate Coursework Opportunities

    • Teacher Center Information

    • 2020-2021 PLC Deadlines

    • What is TrueNorth Logic (PowerSchool; UnifiedTalent)???

    • 2020-2021 SCS Professional Learning Guidelines

    • Follow us on Twitter - @pg_sumner

  • PL SPOTLIGHT

    • Content Day on July 30 Focused on Differentiated Instruction in the Hybrid/Virtual Setting

  • LINKS TO PREVIOUS PGQs

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

SVA Virtual Training Opportunities

[Added 9/9/2020]

We are constantly looking for new resources to enhance Professional Growth for all our teachers! Here are a couple opportunities that might especially interest our teachers in the Sumner Virtual Academy!

Click here for a list of trainings specific to virtual learning.

DRIVE Sumner Survey - July 29 & 30 PL

In a continuous effort to improve PL districtwide, feedback is critical. Please take 5-10 minutes to answer this survey related to PL provided at the 2020 DRIVE Sumner - July 29 and 30, 2020. Click here take the survey.

What if I missed DRIVE Sumner, PL days on July 29 and/or July 30?

Developing Reflective, Innovative, and Visionary Educators (DRIVE) Sumner on Jul 29-30, 2020 were mandatory Board-required PL days. If you missed July 29 and/or July 30, contact Dr. Jeff Yawn at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org for information on how to makeup the required content from these days.

K-12 Wit & Wisdom Collaborative Curriculum Study (Grade-Level Classroom Access)

The Google Classrooms will be the primary mode of virtual professional learning as it pertains to Wit & Wisdom curriculum implementation by providing weekly learning opportunities for specific grade levels of teachers and leaders in Sumner County. The focus of the ongoing professional learning setting will be to become more familiar with Wit & Wisdom curriculum design, instructional pedagogy, practices for best success, and collaborating with grade level teachers across the county. Click here for registration access codes.

2020-2021 PL at a Glance

All 30 hours of required Professional Learning for the 2020-2021 school year must be completed by April 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

SCS Revamps Online PL Opportunities

SCS has expanded how educators can earn up to 12 online, virtual PL hours. Because of the increase in availability of quality PL platforms, SCS educators can acquire PL both online and virtually. All online PL platforms must be pre-approved. Click here for a list of approved online PL platforms and more information.

Districtwide Book Studies

Beginning September 8, 2020: Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Seven High Impact Mindsets for Students from Poverty (revised edition, 2019) by Eric Jensen. For additional information or to sign up in TrueNorth Logic (click here).


Beginning October 13, 2020: R.E.A.C.H.: How to Reach People Across Cultures so They Can Reach Their Potential (revised edition, 2019) by Manny Scott. For additional information or to sign up in TrueNorth Logic (click here).


Beginning January 12, 2021: R.E.A.C.H.: How to Reach People Across Cultures so They Can Reach Their Potential (revised edition, 2019) by Manny Scott. For additional information or to sign up in TrueNorth Logic (click here).

SPARKtacular Online PL Opportunities

SCS Coordinated School Health is excited to offer a second SPARKtacular PL opportunity on September 21. Our commitment to becoming a SPARK district allows for alignment and consistency with curriculum across all grade levels, PreK-12.

Click here for more information.

Classroom Management PL Series for the K-5 class

[Added 9/2/2020]

A special series of classroom management practices for grades K-5 will be presented focusing on the following topics:

October 29 - Calm: "Am I Safe?" "Am I calm?" - The Survival State Skills

November 17 - Connect: "Am I loved?" "How do we connect?" - Emotional State Skills

December 10 - Create: "What can I Learn?" - Executive State Skills

More information is available on TrueNorth Logic click here

Graduate Coursework Opportunities

Although graduate coursework cannot count as PL toward the required 30 district hours per TDOE guidelines, SCS has teamed up with several universities to offer professional growth opportunities for graduate degrees.

Carson Newman: click here

Tennessee Tech:

Welch College:

Teacher Center Information

Did you know that the Teacher Center has several supplies available for the use of the teachers and staff of Sumner County? Click here to learn more.

2020-2021 PLC Deadlines


  • October 23, 2020 for all first quarter PLCs

  • January 15, 2021 for all second quarter PLCs

  • April 2, 2021 for all third and fourth quarter PLCs

What is TrueNorth Logic (PowerSchool; UnifiedTalent)???

There have been several changes to the PL platforms at SCS over the past three years. We have moved from School Station, to an in-house administered platform, to Thrive, and now TrueNorth Logic (PowerSchool). Click here for more information.

2020-2021 SCS Professional Learning Guidelines

The SCS Professional Learning Guidelines is detailed outline that governs SCS and TDOE PL procedures. The guidelines include the following: PL deadlines, substitutions, online/virtual PL requirements, PL book study options, PLC essentials, and non-approved activities for PL. Click Here for more information.

Follow Us on Twitter @pg_sumner

The SCS Teacher Center and Office of Professional Growth is excited to launch a Twitter account. Please follow us at @pg_sumner. PL trainings, upcoming PL opportunities, PL spotlights, and PL deadlines will be featured in tweets from this account.

PL SPOTLIGHT

Content Day on July 30 Focused on Differentiated Instruction in the Hybrid/Virtual Setting

Twenty-five committees/teams with over 130 different educators facilitated, planned, coordinated, and supported our teachers' learning on July 30. The content day provided an opportunity for educators to collaborate with others across the district for their specific content, while layering in additional GSuite tools. Click here to read the full story.

LINKS TO PREVIOUS PGQs

Sumner County Schools Teacher Center

Jeff B. Yawn, Ed.D.

Supervisor of Professional Growth

615-451-6515

jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org


Jennifer Stafford

Teacher Center Clerk

615-451-5228

jennifer.stafford@sumnerschools.org