Dr. Hessberg, the Upper School Director, discusses professional development opportunities for faculty across grade levels:

Recently we completed a professional day with teachers 16 different workshops that encourage collaboration and inquiry that allowed time for teachers to get hands-on experience with best practices in education.We believe fully that we need to invest in our teacher’s development so that we can invest in our students.


Workshop Descriptions

Guided Reading Tricks/Tips (LL Resource)
Meet in the library to discuss tips to help plan and organize questioning for your Guided Reading lessons. Bring along the Literacy Continuum and plan to use the Resource Library, too!

gDrive-ing to Success (LL 207)
Bring your laptop! During this tech training session, the focus will be on Google Drive and how it can be used with your students, your colleagues, and yourself. Nicole will be covering some of the GDrive basics: using GDocs w/colleagues to track notes/ideas and assign tasks; making GForms for your students as exit tickets, quizzes, or center activities; keeping organized w/colored folders in your GDrive; creating labels in your GMail to organize emails (if time)

Collaborative Projects (MC 101)
Have you ever wanted to try a new collaboration with a colleague? Maybe haiku with Hannah? Birdhouses with Bert? Patterns (musical) with Paula? Even korfball with Kenny? I hope to start a project on patterns with several teacher friends. Join me for a look at collaborative projects we currently use and time to meet with another teacher to plan the next one. Ideally, you would bring the partner you’d like to work with.

Teaching with a Global Lens (LH 103)
Globalization intrinsically links the U.S. to the rest of the world. As educators, we are tasked with preparing students to navigate this reality. This session will discuss the importance of teaching through a global lens and give examples of how to do so.

Word Study Activities/Application in Writing (RW 106)
Learn effective word study activities to use with your students and how to support the application of features in writing.

Positive Education (LH 102)
Back by popular demand: Based on her trip to the first ever Festival of Positive Education in 2016, Ann will share information and activities related to grit, growth mindset, and the power of positivity. Come away armed with loads of information and hands-on activities to boost work ethic, attitude, and overall well-being.

Writer’s Notebooks (LL 202)
Come learn how children can develop a writerly life by the creation and use of a writer’s notebook. Lee will demonstrate how to begin using this tool through the use of a life box and experiential writing. Next, participants will look how seed ideas develop and how to select the seeds that will blossom into full stories or poems. A bibliography for all grade levels will be provided, as well as samples of children’s work. Come and create a notebook for yourself to write along with your students!!

Tinker w/Tools in the Makerspace (Makerspace)
Drill, hammer, glue! Come explore the tools in the Makerspace to become more comfortable and proficient in their use.

Math Manipulatives (LH 202)
Everyday Math games are fun for centers, but what else can you include to challenge your students in math? Explore various math manipulatives to learn new ideas to differentiate learning in your classroom.

Street SMARTs at Powhatan (LL 207)
Bring your laptop! During this tech training session, we’ll cover tips/tricks in the SMART Notebook program that can be used in your classroom, with or without a SMARTboard. Nicole will be covering how to: edit premade templates in SMART Notebook; insert links/documents/videos into a SMART lesson; have your students view your SMART lessons at home/on their own device; make a SMART Response interactive quiz w/feedback and review (if time).

Interactive Read Aloud (LL 201)
Children love to be read to, and we love to read to them, but is it purposeful? Ryan will share one way to make read alouds more purposeful for students—the interactive read aloud. Ryan will present an interactive read aloud following a model constructed by REACH Associates and then walk participants through the planning process. Participants will leave feeling confident in their abilities to plan and conduct an interactive read aloud with their students. Many handouts including sample lessons will be provided. This model can be adapted for all age groups!

21st Century Skills (Alumni Room)
Even after 17 years, we are still making sense of 21st century learning competencies! Join this session to discuss what they are, explore some concrete examples, and bring a project with you to view it through the lens of these skills.

A Mindful Teacher (LH 202)
Participants will work to define mindfulness, discuss the benefits of becoming a mindful teacher, explore the positive impacts of mindfulness within the classroom, and learn two basic mindfulness techniques to begin building a personal practice.

Dyslexia (LL 202)
Come learn more about the challenges facing students who have dyslexia and how you can support them.
Implementing Engineering Design Briefs into the Curriculum (Robin and Jackie, LS Science Lab )
Participants will take a look at examples of design briefs and understand their components. We will look at available online resources and see how easy it is to incorporate STEM activities into the curriculum. Bring your computer to write a design brief that you can use in your classroom.

Discussion Models and Management (MC 103)
Let’s talk! How do we meaningfully use discussion in instruction and assessment? In this session, we will participate in a Socratic discussion, share management ideas, discuss rubrics, and develop strategies to assess using student-centered discussion.

Crocker Activity (Pavilion)
Monkey Brains, Monarchs, and Bears, oh my! Time to answer questions you may have and become comfortable with bringing your classroom outside! Learn 10 essential things about the Crocker and how to minimize risk and prepare for the unexpected.