Professional Development Newsletter


What is this newsletter about?

Each month, we will be sharing tips, strategies, information, and ideas for your classroom. If you are in need of resources, materials, etc., let one of the instructional coaches or Ms. Greiner know and we will help in any way!

Classics for the Pandemic-Gerry Brooks

Classics for the Pandemic

Virtual Learning Tools Folder

We are constantly adding and updating resources in the Virtual Learning Tools Folder in the AMI-X Plans 2020-2021 Shared Drive. Make sure you check this often!

If you find a resource that you feel would benefit other teachers, please let Ms. Greiner or Ms. Ward know and we will check it out!

Election 2020 Media Challenge

The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs. Empower your middle and high school students to get engaged with local and national issues and have their opinions heard.

πŸ‘‰ View the youth media challenge here + see examples of student submissions

πŸ‘‰ Learn more about the challenge here.

πŸ‘‰ Choice board of supporting classroom resources for the youth media challenge

Submitted by: Mandy Adey

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Using Video in the Hybrid/Virtual Setting

There are many benefits in using video when teaching lessons. Below are a few of the benefits:

1. Video teaching meets the majority of learners' needs.

As teachers, we know there are 3 types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Visual learners make up 65% of the population while auditory learners make up 30%. By using video, teachers are able to reach 95% of learners because of the combination of auditory and visual aspects!

2. Video is highly engaging.

When teachers combine the use of visual and audio, they create a very appealing and engaging format for their students. Think about it. What platforms do students use on a daily basis? Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat. All of these platforms have both visual and audio components.

3.Video improves learning retention.

When someone views a video, they retain 95% of a message versus 10% when reading in a text. The reason for this extreme difference is video makes things that are complex simple. It is a lot easier to explain complicated things through a video with a demonstration than understanding the concept in an abstract way through the written form.

4. Video is more flexible and accessible to students.

Students are able to view a lesson in "chunks" in video instead of sit through an entire class period. They can review the video multiple times to understand the concept. Video allows students to learn at their own pace (via pressing play, pause, rewind, etc.) without feeling like they are interrupting the lesson or holding up the class in the traditional setting.

We know in this crazy and new time in education that video is something we are needing to provide to our students. Video is a great way to help bring our lessons to students, regardless of if they are in the traditional setting, hybrid setting, or fully virtual. They will need our best support and help in order to be successful!

Professional Development Committee Information

The PD Committee Meets on the Last Tuesday of Each Month at 3:30pm in the MS/HS Library. If you need any Professional Development Support, please contact one of the committee members below.

Professional Development Committee Members:

Maygen Ward-Chair & District Instructional Coach

Amanda Munson-Administrative Liaison

Stephanie Greiner-District Curriculum Director

Linda Buchanan-Elementary Instructional Coach

RuthAnn Wallace-elementary

Carla Walker-elementary

Rebekah Wann-elementary

Mandy Adey-middle school

Shelly Mutzebaugh-middle school

Kary Harrah-high school

Matt Peterson-high school

Wytney Steelman-vocational building

Technology Tools for Student Collaboration

Kids love to see their work on the board. Give them the chance to shine! Use this as an exit ticket in your class, or for a quick check for understanding, and’s FUN and FREE!!



Parlay offers two types of student discussion forums: 1) completely online, like a group academic text discussion and 2) live conversations. Both versions give teachers useful data on how much a student contributed to the conversation and what type of contributions they made.

Explore Parlay Ideas!

Submitted by: Mandy Adey

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. Romans 8:28-30