SCSD Teachers Begin Summer with Professional Learning
Published on 8/12/19
District News Delaware Primary Nottingham High School
In the Syracuse City School District, learning never stops! As students began their summer recess, teachers attended two days of professional development to help them prepare for the 2019-20 school year. Over the two days, 35 different sessions were offered in 19 locations throughout the district, with each session customized to different roles within the SCSD and aligned with strategic plan priorities.
Topics varied to target teaching assistants, reading interventionists, summer camp staff members, secondary math teachers and others.
Delaware Primary teacher Samantha Cleary attended a session about a Summer Lit Camp. She and her colleagues will be using the Scholastic program with their students this summer – in both English and Spanish!
“We are excited because it not only gets kids reading every day, though engaging literature that our kids will love, but it also focuses on social emotional learning which is essential for our students,” Ms. Cleary said. “It is awesome to be able to use a program like this during the summer to help our students maintain their current reading level, and avoid the summer slide.”
Nottingham Social Studies teacher Heather Moses said one of the sessions she attended featured a guest speaker on local history, as well as discussions about human rights abuses. She also took part in a workshop that allowed her to collaborate with her high school social studies peers, as well as colleagues who teach the subject in SCSD middle schools.
“We had the opportunity to have vertical dialogues with middle school and high school teachers on changes to both the Global and upcoming U.S. History regents,” Ms. Moses explained, noting that vertical dialogues are when middle and high school teachers talk about common strategies to use in classrooms to help prepare students for success. “It’s very important that our middle school teachers are familiar with the skills that our students need for success in high school. I love when we have the opportunity to learn and dialogue with other buildings. Our humanities focus at Nottingham has provided us with lots of opportunities to share ideas, and it’s always nice to hear what others are doing in different buildings. This PD provided us with the opportunity to do that, and my biggest takeaway will be sharing strategies I learned to help students succeed.”
Ms. Moses added that the Supervisor of Social Studies also provided resources for her to examine this summer in her down time to help her reflect on the previous school year and prepare for the upcoming year. This is just what the SCSD Office of Professional Development aimed to achieve when planning these tailor-made sessions for educators.
“By offering customized sessions by role, educators are able to grow in their profession by having their individual needs met while collaborating with their colleagues,” SCSD Director of Professional Development Darcy Woodcock explained. “Adult learning should model what we ask our educators to do for our students, so all thirty-five sessions were planned to have a direct impact on our students in our schools. A positive impact on student learning is our ultimate goal!”
Thank you to all of the dedicated staff who began their summer by furthering their skills and preparing for the year ahead!