February 2015

2014 – 15 Professional Development Series

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on February 26, 2015

screen-shot-2010-12-01-at-7-56-17-pmAs a learning organization, we believe we need to provide opportunities for professional learning for diverse stakeholders. At this time, I would like to share three series which we have offered this year.

 New Teacher Professional Development Series

By contract, new teachers are required to complete three additional instructional days during their first year in the district. Two years ago, we revised our new teacher program. Instead of requiring teachers to report on the same day, new teachers work with their induction team to develop a personalized professional development plan. New teachers participate in 6 face-to-face sessions. During these sessions, the teachers learn new content related to district and building initiatives.   Topics for these sessions include: the SAMR framework, Best Practices for Special Education, Google Docs, etc. Additionally, new teachers complete a book study individually or with their induction teams. Teachers self-select a book, read the book, and develop a series of activities in which to apply their learning. Teachers then reflect on their work and share with other new teachers. Finally, teachers complete additional hours related to their personal learning goals. These activities could include professional reading, conferences, webinars, etc. This professional development meets the diverse needs of our new teachers.

 Instructional Assistant Professional Development Series

During the 2013-14 school year, we committed to offering professional development for all of our instructional assistants so they could maintain their highly-qualified status. Each year, approximately once per month, instructional assistants may attend an interactive workshop related to district goals, building goals, or instructional practice. Sessions include topics such as: GoogleDocs, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, Using Questioning Strategies, etc. Thanks to the presenters who have joined me in sharing – Mrs. Perron-Jones, Mrs. Jill Williams, and Mrs. Rachael Legath. We also have a parent who is sharing her expertise, Mrs. Shelly Feller.

 Secondary Professional Development Series

Beginning in January 2015, we implemented a Secondary Professional Development Series. These workshops were presented primarily be teachers. Middle school and high school teachers attended and learned about topics including: Twitter, Text-Dependent Analysis, Enhancing Motivation, Using Games, etc. Small groups of teachers met after school to learn more and share their challenges and successes.   Thanks to our teachers who developed and facilitated sessions – Mr. Sawicki, Mrs. Agnew, Mr. Beyer, Mrs. Bellis, Mrs. Prokesch, Ms. LaPlaca, Mr. Vacaro, and Mr. Posch. I appreciate their leadership and willingness to share.

View descriptions of all the series below.

Secondary Professional Development Series

2014 IA PD

What does a Superintendent do? #ASuperDay #ASuperDayRZ

by Randy Ziegenfuss on February 21, 2015

asuperdayI have often shared that great things happen in our schools and classrooms. I know this because I get to see it…every day. Our professionals – teachers, teacher leaders and administrators – work tirelessly to provide the best opportunities for our students and staff to learn. Office personnel, instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, computer techs and maintenance staff provide valuable support to our schools and district. There are so many layers to this system that it can be overwhelming to explain the valuable contribution of each one. Enter social media to help.

You can see how we currently share through our Facebook page and through our Twitter account.  (You can also connect with us on other social media.) One of my wishes for Salisbury is that we continue to share the many unique and wonderful opportunities we provide for our students, and that we make this sharing second nature.

With this in mind, I joined a national experiment on February 18 for Superintendents to document their day and share some of their work through Twitter using the hashtag #ASuperDay. Want to know what a “typical” day looks like for a Superintendent? Check out the Storify embedded below to see some of what I did on February 18. You can also check out the #ASuperDay hashtag or what will be my personal ASuperDay hashtag – #ASuperDayRZ.

While the project will go live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, I promise that you will continue to see sharing from me on a daily basis. Want to learn and see more about the great things in Salisbury? Like our Facebook page, follow our Twitter account (@SalisburySchool) and follow my professional Twitter account (@ziegeran).



PETE&C – An opportunity for Salisbury to share….

February 15, 2015

In an earlier post, I shared that there is much fantastic work going on in Salisbury – from our students, our staff and administrators – and that we will share that regularly here on this blog. This post celebrates some of our staff members who recently shared their work with fellow educators. This past week, […]

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2015-16 School Calendar Approved!

February 12, 2015

At last evening’s meeting, the school board approved the 2015-16 school calendar. The calendar includes the dates for the start of school, professional development days (including choice days), Act 80 days and inclement weather make-up days. Please access the calendar at this link: http://www.stsd.org/calendar1516

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Salisbury’s Digital Footprint – #stsdfalcons

February 5, 2015

Have you ever typed your name in Google to see what comes up? If you’re like me and have a unique name, it becomes easy to see what your digital footprint looks like. Surely you’ve heard of the phrase “digital footprint” – those trails, traces and “footprints” we leave online when we post to forums […]

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