SCSD Educators Share Best Practices in Virtual Conference
Published on 3/26/21
District News Frazer K-8 School Porter Elementary School
More than 600 SCSD educators joined together in mid-March to attend Teach, Collaborate, Lead – a virtual professional development conference organized by SCSD teachers. Nearly 30 breakout sessions were offered, in which teachers shared their best practices on everything from culturally responsive education to trauma-informed teaching, from technology discoveries to subject area specific insights and more.
Porter teacher Ashlea Vilello presented a breakout session about ways to give effective feedback to students and to help students give feedback to each other, both virtually and in the classroom. Her school team worked hard to develop a common language across their grade level with both in person and virtual students, so they did a simulation to show what they learned with their peers.
“Teachers commented that it was great to see this in action and it made it seem absolutely doable,” Ms. Vilello explained. “Some teachers even commented that they would love to do a Learning Walk and see this in person with our students! Overall, it was a great event where teachers could really join together to celebrate all that we have achieved this year. It’s been a challenging year for sure, but there have also been a lot of impressive accomplishments and innovation. We really are stronger when we are collaborating and working together. The level of creativity in SCSD teachers is unparalleled and it’s one of the reasons I’m proud to work for the district!”
Frazer third grade teacher Tracy Waters said the conference was unique in that all of the presenters were teachers in her district, in the same shoes and facing (and overcoming) the same challenges.
“This conference was valuable because my peers were presenting,” Ms. Waters said. “Many professional development sessions are presented by people who aren't in the thick of it with teachers during this crazy time. It was a rewarding experience to see what teachers are doing to survive this year and how to integrate things in in-person learning, virtual or hybrid. My biggest takeaway from this experience was how amazing all teachers are during these challenging times and how they are adapting to meet the needs of their students.”
We appreciate the Teach, Collaborate, Lead leadership team for taking the initiative to create such a meaningful day of collaboration among their peers!