Three-day intensive training underway

BCSD teachers, staff attend Summer Institute 2017
Posted on 08/07/2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 7, 2017

More than 1,000 teachers, staff attend training
workshops at district’s Summer Institute 2017 

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 17.

The district’s 10th annual Summer Institute, which opened today at May River High School, will feature more than 180 sessions.  Workshops will cover a broad range of topics, including teaching students about the upcoming solar eclipse; , using technology to engage more students in reading; improving classroom management; using calculators more effectively in math and science classes; creating paperless classrooms; employing Rosetta Stone to learn foreign languages online; and training coaches and physical education teachers in CPR and basic first aid.

“We’re justifiably proud of our investments in professional development, including our home-grown events right here in the district,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “More effective training means more effective teachers and staff, and more effective teachers and staff means more successful students.  Our professional development has been key to our ongoing improvements in student learning”

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.

“All of our workshops are aimed at supporting teachers in their classrooms and supporting staff in their schools,” Campbell said.  “It’s about exposing them to research-based strategies that work – strategies that have been proven to improve student learning.”