We have been hard at work reimagining professional learning for the coming school year. Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by COVID-19, the summer program is being released several weeks later than usual. Yet, in so many respects, it represents our finest work.
The program maintains established traditions while introducing new adaptations supporting remote learning. Among more than 50 unique workshops, you will find a depth and breadth of learning opportunities rivaling nationally recognized professional development organizations primarily facilitated by our own expert practitioners and members of our leadership team. This year’s program launches an innovative modular structure, optimizing the benefits of online learning, improving personalization, expanding flexibility and teacher choice.
Beyond in-service, teaching during the summer offers faculty a classroom-based learning lab while affording hundreds of students an opportunity to continue learning through the district’s exclusive online enrichment and extension programs. These virtual student programs include Harrison High School’s Online Summer Academy and secondary online institutes in College Essay Writing, IB Extended Essay, AP World, mathematics, science and the humanities. At the elementary level, students will be engaging in online English Language Arts and mathematics modules through an innovative pilot program designed and developed by Harrison teachers.
We look ahead to the fall with equal parts optimism and anxiety. In partnership with district and building leaders, teachers will be invited to collaborate on design teams throughout the summer revising, adapting and/or reimaging teaching and learning in preparation for the reopening of schools.
All in-service workshops offered this summer are five (5) hour online modules utilizing a blended, synchronous and asynchronous, professional development model. Some modules are offered multiple times throughout the summer. Many are targeted for specific grade levels or disciplines. Others expect prerequisite knowledge and/or skills. I encourage you to carefully consider your department, building and personal goals in designing your personalized
summer professional learning plan. Reach out to department directors, building principals, instructional specialists, course facilitators and mentors for guidance. In-service credit toward salary advancement will be awarded in 15 hour increments. In other words, successful completion of three (3) modules equals one (1) in-service credit.
Last year we had extremely high enrollment (I know I say this every year, but it is true), with more than 500 individual enrollees, during the first week of registration. In keeping with past practice, we are limiting registration to six (6) five hour, in-service modules per teacher during the first week of registration. This restriction is designed to ensure that all teachers have an equitable opportunity to review course offerings and enroll in high demand courses. Your
cooperation is appreciated.
Online registration through MyLearningPlan will open on Wednesday, June 10th, at 3pm.
Thank you for your partnership, your perseverance and your patience during the past several months. Guided by our shared values, collective efficacy and empathy for our students, families and one another, I’m extremely proud of the many ways our organization has responded, evolved and matured while faced with a host of unprecedented challenges. We are forever changed and, hopefully, a better version of ourselves.
Please feel free to contact me, or my office, if you have any questions.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
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