Professional Development

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February PLS Session Descriptions

  As the second semester gets into full swing, our session offerings will continue to recognize the experience and expertise you are bringing, and ask you to engage in more challenging learning experiences. The overarching theme of the month is increasing the amount of processing that you are asking students to do in a given … Continue reading

Repost: 3 Tips for Preparing for the PPR

Written by Ronda Powell, TE Manager of Certification/Operations As our 2014-15 cohort gears up to take the PPR this month, we wanted to repost an old favorite from the past two years.  Our next Teaching Excellence professional learning event is this Saturday and the date for registering and taking the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities … Continue reading

August 2014 PLS Sessions

The Teaching Excellence TEam is excited to continue the learning that was started at our Summer Induction at the first of our eight monthly Professional Learning Saturdays (PLSs). We hope that these sessions both support teachers in areas that are typically challenging for teachers in their first year at a new campus as well as … Continue reading

February PLS Sessions

Teaching Excellence is excited about the various sessions being offered in February!  Providing engaging, purposeful, and impactful sessions is our goal, and we are ecstatic to bring you a veritable plethora of sessions from which you can choose what you would like to attend. We hope that you LOVE what you learn at this PLS! … Continue reading

January PLS Sessions

Happy New Year! We hope that you had wonderful breaks and are ready to return to your classrooms as well as Teaching Excellence! Each month, we are excited to bring you sessions which we hope will drive student achievement in your classroom. Here are the session descriptions for this month: Differentiation: This session is an … Continue reading

November PLS Preview

Our November PLS features a multitude of sessions which will offer strategies, solutions, and tips which benefit your students! Read the descriptions below in order to choose what best fits the needs of your classroom! November Course Descriptions Priority Session GROUP WORK Curious to learn best practices for how to use group work in your … Continue reading

October PLS Preview

By: Teaching Excellence October is here, and we have some ‘gourd-geous’ choices for PLS this month! Teaching Excellence is excited to offer sessions guaranteed to bring joy, engagement, and lots of learning to your classrooms! We are also excited about our theme for the month: Autumnal Colors! Feel free to wear colors which represent autumn … Continue reading

August PLS Preview

Teaching Excellence is gearing up for the start of the 2013-14 school year with some timely session offerings. On August 24th, our YES and KIPP teachers* will be able to participate in courses on the following topics: Time Management/Outlook: With so many different requests for your time and responsibilities on your plate, it can be … Continue reading

What to Wear and What NOT to Wear

Written by Jaclyn McCormick, TE Instructional Coach I remember when I first started teaching. I thought I had everything covered once the notebooks were purchased, anchor charts were hung, and seats were assigned. Then I opened my closet and realized I had been wearing jeans and sweatshirts to class every day in college. I had … Continue reading

Five Thoughts on Sir Ken Robinson’s Talk Written by Paul Needham, TE Instructional Coach After watching this animation accompanying a speech by Sir Ken Robinson, I am struck by several thoughts. I needed to watch this video again in order to allow the drawings to add to the message, rather than distract me from it. I would encourage anyone who remembers … Continue reading

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