Professional Development Days help Teachers collaborate, integrate Technology
While students at Hanover Central Middle School, Jane Ball and Lincoln elementary schools got to enjoy a half day of school, teachers and staff attended Professional Development Half Days. In 2018-2019 Hanover Community School Corporation received the distinction of becoming a performance-qualified school district because they are rated an “A” district for academic achievement. This gave them some flexibility with instruction time requirements and they were able to have some Early Release dates this year.
Dan Grunewald talks with teachers at Lincoln Elementary about Blended Learning.
“Early release days are so important for professional development and allowing staff to collaborate which, invariably, benefits our students,” said Debbie Snedden, Assistant Superintendent. “During today's professional development we were able to provide professional development on integrating technology, implementation of new reading series and time for teachers to develop their lessons and curriculum plans.”
Teachers at Jane Ball learned about the technology plan going forward and the Google Classroom technology with Melissa Walley, Education Technology Integration Specialist. Dan Grunewald, K-12 Technology Integration Specialist, went over the same information with teachers at Lincoln.
Teachers at Lincoln Elementary listen as Dun Grunewald talks to them about technology.
Mrs. Walley and Mr. Grunewald discussed Blended Learning with the teachers, which is a combination of traditional in-class instruction and online learning.
“It’s basically traditional learning with online instruction, as well,” Mr. Grunewald said. And other departments had group meetings.
Mike O'Donnell discusses safety issues with the middle school staff.
Mike O'Donnell, Director of School Safety and Security for the district, met with the middle school staff to discuss school safety and lockdown procedures. He also showed them the CrisisGo application which is used for a variety of procedures.
Teachers at the middle school also learned about math curriculum and curriculum mapping for honors, from Dr. Diane Underwood-Gregg, Associate Professor of Math at Purdue University Northwest.