Professional development...

Scientists, educators and government experts agree that there is a general lack of public understanding of science. Too few Americans have functional literacy in math, science, technology and engineering.  To compete globally we must get our students interested in these subjects, the boys as well as the girls. Having tools that will explain the mysteries of math and science in ways that are exciting and easy to understand will help us bridge this glaring gap. 

Our school district offers throughout the year after school online professional development sessions. The PD sessions are led by teachers who shared what they learned in previous education-technology camps to help peers learn how to keep students engaged online and manage the stress of remote schooling and other technology training.  Our District also brings in consultants and professionals from various disciplines to host seminars, Google Meets and workshops.  

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“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”
~
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity

Cleveland Middle School uses job-embedded professional development whenever possible. This type of professional development is research based and meets the needs of the teachers on a more time-appropriate basis. Tech Mastery Mondays, SLTs, and frequent meetings with Teacher Leaders during planning time are examples of this. 


Teachers will do a study of the book Learning First, Technology Second during Tech Mastery Mondays. This professional development opportunity will help ensure that teachers understand the best-practices, theory, and practical application of properly integrating technology into the classroom. 


Cleveland Middle School has a school-wide focus on Lucy Caulkins Writer's Workshop. There was a whole-school training at the beginning of the year, and it is an ongoing discussion in SLT meetings. Additionally, there will be a refresher course in the Spring. 
We know that relationships between students and teachers lead to better learning in the classroom. To that end, Cleveland Middle School has put considerable resources into the Capturing Kids' Hearts program. All teachers participated in a refresher course to start o the year, and Process Champions will be conducting trainings throughout the year during grade-level meetings. Cleveland Middle School is striving to become a National Showcase School for Capturing Kids' Hearts. 


Bi-Monthly (twice a month) SLT meetings are held school-wide between teacher leaders in ELA and Math to look over student data and improve teaching and learning by critically reflecting on our practice. Additionally, SLT meetings happen monthly among our science, social studies, and related arts areas. Similarly to Math and ELA, teachers analyze data, create common assessments, create common pacing guides, and strive to improve their practice. These meetings are led by the content leader for the building. 

SUPPORTIVE EVIDENCE & ARTIFACTS

S.T.E.M. ATTRIBUTES IMPLEMENTATION...

Attribute 3.1 QUALITY STEM PROFESSIONAL LEARNING 
List all the professional development opportunities and explain how the learning aligns with the STEM initiatives described in the school’s STEM  Action Plan. 

VARIOUS PRESENTATIONS & EVIDENCES FOR PD BY TEACHERS FOR TEACHERS

It is said that technology "should be the secret sauce on a teacher's plate" and not the dish itself.  Our teachers appreciate learning new programs and apps that help make their lessons more engaging and concise.  The latest tech solutions are only helpful if teachers understand them and can see the practical application.  Teachers teaching teachers during PD insure this connection.  Such collaborative efforts build camaraderie and insures best practice. 

PD NATIONAL ATTENDANCE & PRESENTATIONS BY TEACHERS

PD CCS DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS FOR TEACHERS

INFORMAL PD:  TEACHERS SHARING SHORTCUTS AND NEW PROGRAMS FOR OTHER TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM...

HOW TO EMAIL WHOLE CLASSES AS CONTACTS

PRESENTED AT THE PARTNERS IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE ABOUT THE CMS SUMMER PROGRAM ON 29 JANUARY 2020 & OTHER PRESENTATIONS

MORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVIDENCES AND ARTIFACTS

BACK TO SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  COVID-19 STYLE

Attribute 3.2 DESIGNING PBLs 
Please link sign in sheet or other artifacts here. 

Describe how the PBL learning activities designed by your faculty embeds state standards and 21st Century Skills, integrates content areas, and is  designed to best meet the needs of your student population. Attach an exemplar STEM curricular module within in the appendices. (350 words  max) 
Provide a narrative, and link one-three artifacts exhibiting how the PBL learning activities embed state standards, 21st century skills, and is  personalized to meet the needs of your school and community here. 

"RON CLARK" SUCCESSFUL PHILOSOPHY & STRATEGIES

In Atlanta, Georgia the Ron Clark Academy [RCA], founded in 2007 by an innovative educator, an highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school has created a loving, dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence and fosters leadership in students that represent various socio-economic and academic backgrounds and has made an impact on our teachers who have taken field trips to Atlanta to spend the day and see for themselves a transformed learning environment that promotes S.T.E.M. classroom dynamics of engagement and curiosity.   

"TEACH LIKE A PIRATE"

Over the years, Cleveland City School District has invited many distinguished guests to host workshops or offer Professional Development for our teaching staff.  Dave Burgess, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Teach Like a Pirate provided a memorable keynote address, that was high energy, interactive and entertaining, the ultimate professional development experience.  With a unique combination of magic and humor, he reignited our teacher's passion for the education profession.  His premise is simple, "Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to sail into uncharted waters with no guarantees of success."  Teachers should use their willingness to experiment and try new things as inspiration for creating powerful learning experiences.

ACROSS-THE-CURRICULUM EXAMPLES OF PROJECT-BASED LESSONS

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