Common Professional Development Day Benefits School Districts and Educators
An estimated 900 teachers, administrators and service providers in the Clearview, Columbia, Firelands, Keystone, Sheffield/Sheffield Lake, Oberlin and Wellington school districts participated in a Common Professional Development Day on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Lorain County Community College.
“Sharing services on this professional development day possibly saved each of the seven districts a conservative estimate of $7,000” said Moira Erwine, Senior Director of Professional Development and Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Service Center of Lorain County. “Lorain County Community College sponsored the venue for the sessions, as well as facilitating sessions for Maker and STEAM education in the Patsie C. and Dolores Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention. The sponsor, McGraw-Hill, provided lunch. Furthermore, Lorain County Health District and Board of Mental Health worked collaboratively with us to plan sessions to meet the needs of the whole child.”
Participants started their day with a keynote presentation entitled, “Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education,” with internationally-renowned speaker and author Jack Berckemeyer. The planning team carefully designed 73 breakout sessions to meet individual professional development needs of both classified and certified staff that covered all grade levels, content areas, and specialists. These breakout sessions continued throughout the remainder of the day. Examples of the sessions include:
- Strategies for Comprehension
- Poverty for One Month
- Child & Adolescent Suicide Prevention
- Stemming Up to the Challenge
- Differentiated Literacy Instruction
Lori Roemer, Director of Educational Services at Firelands local Schools said, “The professional development offered to Firelands was well-planned and was an excellent ongoing learning opportunity for everyone. Our staff benefits from the time to grow educationally and they learn from their peers. We set the stage for that to happen at the Common Professional Development Day with six other districts-what a great day to learn and network with others!”
Work has already begun on the next Common Professional Development Day- November 5, 2018!