Teachers “back to school” early for training

Teachers “back to school” early for training
Posted on 08/03/2016
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 Summer Institute welcomes 1,000-plus

educators for professional training workshops

BEAUFORT – More than 1,000 Beaufort County School District teachers and staff are attending three days of intensive professional development training this week as they prepare for the first day of classes on August 15.

The district’s ninth annual Summer Institute, which opened Tuesday at Bluffton High School and H.E. McCracken Middle School, will feature more than 250 sessions.  Workshops will cover a broad range of topics, including using technology to engage more students in reading; improving classroom management; employing Twitter as an instructional and a communications tool; using physical objects to teach abstract mathematical concepts; creating effective classroom tests; employing Rosetta Stone to learn foreign languages online; and training coaches in CPR and basic first aid.

“Student achievement in Beaufort County has improved dramatically in recent years, and a critical component in maintaining that improvement will be effective professional development for teachers and staff,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. 

N’Kia Campbell, who coordinates professional development for the district, said that Summer Institute’s goal is to take research-based instructional concepts and make them work in school classrooms.

“It’s about exploring ideas and strategies that can be a bit abstract, then translating those ideas and strategies into real-world practices that connect with students and help them learn,” Campbell said.