Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.
Action Step – Redefine high performance in a student-centered, collaborative, technologically rich learning environment.
Indicator – Creativity and risk-taking will be evident and celebrated as learners embrace new technologies.
This past week teachers from FWSU spent two days together at Inservice preparing for Common Core implementation and training for new school-wide initiatives. The list of differentiated training opportunities prepared by the FWSU Professional Learning Committee and Curriculum Director Mary Lynn Riggs was extensive.
Several unique sessions offered to our teachers are worth noting. First, eight more teachers from FWSU worked with IVECA to begin the process of connecting more students in our schools with classrooms around the globe.
For a second year FWSU offered EdCamp. EdCamp has been described as a form of “unconference” designed specifically for teachers and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences with set schedules and topics, EdCamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. This encourages relevant discussions and hands-on learning sessions.
Finally our commitment to reaching and educating the whole child was highlighted in several offerings throughout the two-day Inservice. They included a viewing of the film The Hungry Heart with a facilitated discussion including Dr. Fred Holmes, Kim Burgess, Mary Pickner, and FWSU School Counselors. Consultant and Coach Deb Chisholm presented MePower – a Bullying Prevention training, as well as Asset Building. FES teachers participated in Positive Behavioral Intervention System (PBIS) training and planned for implementation in their school.
Our FWSU Action Plan describes this kind of flexible, personalized, and relevant professional development that meets the varied needs of teachers and staff.