Sunday, January 17, 2016 by Jethro Jones
Teacher-led Professional Development with Nathan Adams Transformative Principal 107
Nathan has been a special education teacher for 8 years. He has taught in middle, high, and elementary levels.
- Teacher led professional development
- Sponsored by the local teacher’s union.
- Joined the union that has supported him, in an effort to give back.
- Idea of helping general education teachers and special education teachers understand the needs of each other.
- Brotherhood of professionals.
- Need to find a way to offer this for credit to improve skills but also have incentive.
- NEA grant that supported professional development for teachers teaching teachers.
- Institute for Professional Development.
- Will align in the future to make the district PD calendar aligned with what the association is wanting.
- Surveyed members to determine what they wanted to learn.
- This is a perk/benefit for the members of the association.
- Challenge is finding the time to make this happen.
- Highlights: Teachers posted what they found beneficial from the courses.
- Google Certified Teacher, Level I and II.
- Teachers were responsive to the things they were learning.
- Advice: Continue to use good teaching strategies. But don’t be demeaning.
- District started doing magnet schools.
- Principal that just started in the position.
- Teacher leader for educational technology.
- Personable leader, understands the field, understands the kids.
- Ambassador as a teacher.
- Weekly email from the principal.
- Staff meetings are held in a different teacher’s classroom each week.
- What are we going to do that week that is interesting?
- Principal asks how he can support us.
- How to be a transformative principal: Trust the people that are working for you.
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