Teacher Inservice Begins at FWSU!

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning
FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Engage all staff and students in creating a personalized learning networks (PLN) that contribute to learning and instructional practice.

Indicator of Success – Staff will create personalized learning networks to communicate and collaborate with others.

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The time-honored tradition of summer “officially” ending for teachers occurred today. The first day of inserivce training, held each year for three days, began this morning at BFA Fairfax. Over 300 faculty and staff from GEMS, BFA and FES gathered to celebrate the coming 2014/15 school year. And to begin working together planning for the year.

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Superintendent Ned Kirsch opened the morning with a look at the transformative work our schools have been engaged in over the last several years. Numerous examples of FWSU students and teachers engaged in student centered learning were shared. Director of Curriculum Mary Lynn Riggs followed with a look at our current curriculum work and Common Core implementation. Before ending Director of Special Services Kim Magnuson reviewed our mission to reach each and every student, not matter what, no matter how. See the full presentation here.

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After the morning celebration of learning, teachers and staff returned to individual schools to begin the process of preparing for students to arrive on Wednesday. Agenda items ranged from learning the SAMR Model of technology integration to the appropriate use of AED devices and CPR.

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At BFA a special ceremony was held to recognize the UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2014/15 Mary Schraven. Her hard work and dedication to the students of BFA is a gift to our community. The announcement was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Congratulations Mary.

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Day 1 is officially “in the books.”  Two more days are ahead of us and the planning is ongoing in preparation for the first day of school next Wednesday.

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