School’s out for summer and for some teachers it’s time for them to go back to class as students.
More than 70 teachers are seeking to continue developing their skills in this year’s Summer Development Program. The program is voluntary and offers workshops and seminars tailored to the participating teacher’s grade level or subject area. The hours spent attending the workshops will go toward a teacher’s recertification, a press release stated.
“Education is like many other professions,” stated Paul Gagnon, Advancement via Individual Determination program coordinator for the Queen Creek Unified School District, in the release. “We have continuing education hours we’re required to get to maintain our licenses.”
Although professional development classes take place during early release days throughout the school year, attending a summer development class can give teachers a greater chance to reflect, apply and plan before implementing what they have learned.
“It’s a better opportunity to learn because the brain can focus on what is being taught instead of worrying about class the next day,” stated Stephen Watkins, educational services director for QCUSD.
Programs are offered through a variety of methods. For example, kindergarten through second-grade teachers can participate in the district’s phonics program to learn new systematic educational tools to teach young students how to read.
For teachers within the AVID program, 59 educators are attending the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego, a three-day event with more than 30 topics to choose from.
Teachers can also add hours to their recertification through webinars hosted by the Department of Education. The Summer Development Program starts Tuesday, May 30 and ends on Wednesday, June 21.