We conducted our first professional development for the 2011/2012 school year. We were honored to be asked back by a school we had worked with all last year, with one of our year-long curriculum alignment packages. They worked so hard to align their curriculum as a building. We visited their school three times last year to discuss the Common Core State Standards, met with teachers one-on-one to discuss individual classroom curriculum that we had been working on via email and conducted grade-level curriculum meetings to ensure that the entire building was on the same page. As a curriculum developer, I was very impressed with their dedication to their profession and their work ethic to make sure that their building’s curriculum was appropriately scaffolded to maximize learning potential.
So it was with great joy we accepted their invite to come in and give a two and half hour motivational workshop…what a fun way to kick of the year for them and for us!
This dedicated staff allowed me to push them out of the box with some collaborative “hands-on” exercises and impromptu sharing. I think I enjoyed it as much as they said they did. I truly love to see teachers get excited about collaboration and willingness to learn from one another. It was a great way to start our year off at Unlock the Teacher too. Sometimes we get so consumed by our writing and curriculum alignment projects, that when we conduct our professional development and student workshops, we are reminded of why we are choosing to do what we do.
We look forward to meeting new teachers and principals this year.
We are excited to share that we are talking with app developers for some of our material and we will be sending off our proposal for Book I in our Unlock the Teacher series, that we are collaborating with Dr. David Lick, Director of Family Practice, Beaumont Hospital, and a Professor at Wayne State and Oakland University Beaumont Medical School, and Dr. Joslen Letscher, Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. We have an exciting year ahead and are thankful for all the community support we have received.
As last year, and in keeping with who we are, we will be looking for one or two schools to work with and donate our time and talent with writing and ePublishing workshops. Please let us know if your school would like to be considered by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting us at our website and leave a comment at www.unlocktheteacher.com To contact me directly, email me at email@example.com
We wish all those who play a role in the life of a child to have a year full of many learning discoveries!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,