Saturday, October 19, 2013

PAUSD got PD Right!

A more detailed post about this topic is coming soon.  I just had to share a little bit now...

Yesterday, we had our first ever (hoping first of many) Powerful Practices professional development day in The Palo Alto Unified School District.  This was a day where we learned from each other. Many teachers in the district, including myself, offered many different workshops on different topics.  400 plus elementary school teachers chose the three sessions they attended throughout the day from over 30 sessions that were offered!  It was a HUGE success.  In my 12 years of teaching, I have never been to a district sponsored professional development day with so many happy, interested, and engaged teachers. It was magic!  Not only did I get to present in two sessions, but also I got to learn from one of my talented colleagues in her session.

Thank you so much to Matt Lindner, Ellen Kraska, Anna Kearney, and the rest of our fantastic TOSA team (TOSA: teacher on special assignment).  You all planned an amazingly productive and positive professional development day for the elementary sector of our district.  I am so proud to work with you.

Below are some pictures from the day.  Expect a more detailed blog post (with other contributors) soon!

Teachers writing what they hope to get from the
Google Docs/Blogs & Writing Workshop session
led by Jenn Aza Allan,  @JennAza   &  me! 

Our open-minded and risk-taking colleagues exploring
docs & blogs to support writing workshop.

My favorite moment of the day: I got my principal on Twitter!
Follow her at  @AnneBrown33.  Such a highlight! 

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