Collegial Circles CLV’s new look at Professional Development Agenda Why the need for change? What are the benefits of collegial circles? What’s a collegial circle? How does it work: big picture When will we have time? What’s our focus? Action Steps What if? One last request Why the need for change? The PD Survey last spring showed a need for and interest in… – More purpose and meaning to in-service days – More focus on what WE feel WE need to have time to work on – More time to work on enhancing our instruction Enhanced instruction by teacher = better learning by students Benefits of Collegial Circles We We We We We choose what we work on get time to work on it work cooperatively with colleagues display our work learn something meaningful What’s a collegial circle? Small group of learners (3-7) Engaged in their own professional development Gather to support each other's learning When will we have time? Scheduled during portions of Superintendent Days and District Days Depending on scope, projects may be carried over for two years How does it work: Big Picture Generate ideas for a circle Gather “like minds” to form circle Meet this spring to formalize a circle for 2012-2013 Choose a contact member Meet regularly next year to work on focus Prepare a presentation of what your circle learned Sample Ideas for Collegial Circles Middle School Math and Phys. Ed. teachers finding ways to integrate mathematical concepts (angles, degrees, etc.) into gym games Nurses developing reference sheets for teachers to learn more about the medical conditions that affect our student population Social Studies and English teachers collaborating on writing tasks and instructional techniques More Sample Ideas High School English department developing 4 year research paper/presentation design Interim Assessment design (all grade levels/subject areas) Grant research/writing Technology-based instruction (learning how to use SMART products) Math teachers collating websites and programs that reinforce basic math skills for student use/enrichment Yet More Sample Ideas Math and Science teachers demonstrating favored calculation, formula-writing, and graphing techniques---and then finding a method to implement consistently Grades 6, 7, 8 ELA teachers using state test data to create AIS curriculum High School English department developing 4 year research paper/presentation design Music teachers learning new software for recording and composition Science teachers collaborating on lab procedures and reports Not Collegial Circles… Writing your lesson plans for the upcoming week Making unit tests or photocopying worksheets Grading: tests/projects/portfolios/papers Organizing/cleaning classrooms Budget planning Action Step #1: Groups of 4-5 Come up with a list of possible PD ideas for 2012-2013 List your ideas on chart paper Post your chart on the wall Action Step #2: Gallery Walk Walk around and take a look at all the PD options On your yellow paper, write down a list of PD ideas you’re interested in. Before you leave, hand in your sheet Email Brian with other ideas PD Committee will send a list of teachers & interests to all Action Step #3: Finalize Groups Contact people (3-7) who are interested in similar ideas. Decide whether your focus can be met and if you can work together. Action Step #4: Paperwork Name a contact person: in charge of communication with principal and Brian about meeting times/locations Complete the CC Application Forms posted on Curriculum Website When will we have time? Scheduled during portions of Superintendent Days and District Days Depending on scope, projects may be carried over for two years One last request… We ask that you be patient and open-minded with this new process of professional development. We tried to work with all the concerns around the need for a renewed PD program. We hope that with the collegial circles, professional development becomes more purposeful and meaningful to each individual – and our students ultimately benefit. The only thing you need to do is your part!