June 17, 2008

Summer Doesn’t Stop Education for Teachers

By Bayne Hughes, The Decatur Daily, Ala.

Jun. 17--Decatur teachers' work didn't stop with May's final bell. They have a summer of professional training as they learn new teaching techniques and curricula.

Jeanne Payne, director of curriculum and professional development, said the school system has planned 11 workshops for its 679 elementary, middle-school and high-school teachers.

The school system allotted $614,000 for professional development in the fiscal 2008 budget. Teachers receive a stipend for attending some workshops but not for all of them. The school system covers attendance expenses.

Elementary teachers are participating training for the new reading program, Imagine It; the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative; the Mobile Math Initia- tive; and the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People pilot program.

Middle school and high school teachers will participate in Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative and International Baccalaureate workshops.

The workshop schedule:

--June 3-13 -- Training for Imagine It. New teachers will receive training July 28 and Aug. 1.

--June 16-27 -- Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative training: elementary teachers at Cedar Ridge Middle School and middle school teachers at Columbia High School in Huntsville. Teachers from Athens, Hartselle and Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties are also attending.

--June 30 -- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People program's Visioning Day at Calhoun Community College's Aerospace Training Center.

--July 7-9 -- Mobile Math Initiative advanced workshop for elementary teachers.

--July 10-11 -- Mobile Math Initiative workshop on differentiate math instruction for elementary and middle-school teachers.

--July 21-23 -- 7 Habits retreat at the Marriott-Shoals Hotel and Spa in Muscle Shoals.

--July 17-19 -- International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program training for grades 6-10 teachers in Atlanta.

--July 21-24 -- Decatur and Austin high schools' Diploma Program training in St. Petersburg, Fla.

--July 24-27 -- Middle Years Program training is in St. Petersburg.

--July 29-31 -- New Teacher Academy at Oak Park Middle School.


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