If you’re anything like us, now that the school year is well underway a question or two has begun to surface. Questions focused on areas where you'd like to grow as an educator, such as:
Whatever your question, our team wants to help you access the PD you crave, which is why we are again offering an independent study professional development opportunity for staff.
Still on the fence? Here is some of the feedback from past participants:
If you’re interested in this opportunity, sign up by December 7, 2018 via the link above. Know that you can enroll as an individual, as a partnership, as a PLC, or as department.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to connect with your site staff development chair, an instructional coach, or an implementation associate. We'd love to help you get started.
This post brought to you by Heather Lyke, Secondary Implementation Associate;
Last summer, we rolled out our first five sessions of "Pages on the Patio." Teachers from across the district, E-12, came together to socialize, read, and discuss their learning all while enjoying summer temperatures in a relaxing environment. On average, 25-30 staff attended each session, and every one of them rated this professional development opportunity as on they would like to see offered again.
Will you join us this summer?
In my short time working for the school district, I have noticed there is never enough time in a day to teach all the things that need to be taught and there is an ever-present desire to find new resources. I have also noted the increasing number of blogs and information hubs, such as Pinterest, that have easy ready to use ideas.
As educators, we can be better equipped to teach our students about Indigenous people by taking advantage of events and professional learning opportunities provided by various education associations and societies. Here are some of the great upcoming opportunities, most of which happen on an annual or even more frequent basis.
- The Minnesota Humanities Center has a range of CEU opportunities. Upcoming “Drum & Dance” April 24th, Participants will receive 7 hrs. We just missed “American Indian Storytelling” this has 6 hours attached. “Teaching Bdote: Tools for Educators Teaching American Indian Content” is focused on Dakota people May 19th and is 4 CEU hours.
- St. Cloud State partners with tribes from around the state to facilitate a 5 day immersed learning setting called “Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators.” This year it is June 25th – 29th and is located at the Lower Sioux Indian Community.
- Minnesota Indian Education Association hosts its conference in Hinkley Minnesota on November 14-16, 2018. All educators are welcome to attend. The keynote speakers and breakout sessions are fantastic. All of which are there to help better implement topics in the classroom or to better reach the native American students in our schools.
- Minnesota Historical Society has numerous resources designed for the classroom in conjunction with state standards. Including primary sources packets, classroom kits, books, and more.
- Native American Literature Symposium recently held an event at Mystic Lake. I was unable to attend, but heard wonderful things.
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