Professional Learning

December Newsletter

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If you have not already attended a NetConnect Professional Development, please sign-up. At least one administrator from each school should attend.


If you have not attended this fall, we advise you to attend. There are new protocol information updates since last year!


One session remains:

December 19th, 2017


Any questions or concerns regarding NetConnect please contact,

Joanna Johnson

863-647-4277

joannal.johnson@polk-fl.net

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Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP)

The 2017-2018 cohort will participate in seminar 5 this month. The focus is on Instructional Leadership so that the aspiring leaders will be able to identify the relationships among academic standards, effective instruction, and student performance as they are related to the School Improvement Plan. The December seminar marks the mid-point of this year’s program for over 115 teacher leaders.

Marzano/LSI PD

School-based instructional coaches and the District School Improvement Team will participate in a ½ day Marzano professional learning on December 20th called Teaming for Rigor. As teachers make the transition to student-centered classrooms, they need to know how to provide the support learners need. In this hands-on professional learning, school-based instructional coaches and district support personnel will deepen their understanding of strategies, tools, and resources to facilitate student academic teams. This professional learning enables these instructional leaders to continue to build a culture in which students are working together, actively engaged in their own learning, and monitoring their progress toward achievement of the standards.

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New Teacher Mentors engage in strategic in-field coaching with lead mentors and The New Teacher Center program consultant to improve mentoring practices. Mentors receive feedback that informs next steps with novice teachers in our district.

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Leadership Development

Congratulations to Terri Christian, Sybille Oldham-Jackson and Michael Young.They were selected to partner with a cohort from Hillsborough, Pasco and other Central Florida Districts to work on their Educational Specialist Degree on School Turn-Around Leadership. This collaboration with USF and Polk is a wonderful opportunity for these experienced principals!

Universal's Classroom in Motion

30 teachers from Polk had the chance to experience Universal's Classroom in Motion!

It was a great day of collaboration and learning!

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About Learning Forward


Learning Forward's recently revised Standards for Professional Learning define the elements essential to educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students. Learning Forward's strategic plan is designed to advance the standards both nationally and internationally.


https://learningforward.org/

Joanna Johnson was selected to serve on the host committee for this year's conference. This year over 3,000 educators from the United States, Canada, Singapore and other countries attended to learn from some of the top educational leaders of today.

Two members of the Professional Learning Department, Lori Allen and Jennifer Rouse, and the Assistant Principal at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Angela Price, were presenters at the national Learning Forward Conference in Orlando this month! They created and facilitated an all-day session on the Fundamentals of Professional Learning.
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Jim Miles Security

New security measures are under way at the Jim Miles Center.

Please make sure you have your Polk badge with you when visiting!

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Professional Development Ideas

What kind of Professional Development would you like to have

within the District that would help support you within your classroom, schools etc.?


Please go to our Padlet link and let us know your ideas!


https://padlet.com/PCSBProfLearnDept/kkq7fvj5ddvk

Technology Resource

Make your teaching more interactive by letting the students actively participate in lectures through using Mentimeter as a formative assessment tool.
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