December Professional Development Corner

Professional Development Corner
Posted on 12/01/2017
Shifting the Monkey by Todd Whitaker book cover: Black monkey silhouette on red field.Happy Harvest greetings from the Professional Development Department! If the theme for this time of year is harvest and thankfulness, I can certainly say that we have gathered together an abundant crop of professional development opportunities for you since August. We hope you find time to take part in whatever might be useful or of interest to you. All staff also have access to Whitewater Learning’s platform, and licensed staff now has access to Hoonuit. If you ever need assistance in either of those professional development opportunities, please let Joy Whitehead know. We will continue to add to our list of offerings, and we will certainly use your evaluation suggestions to guide our work for the new year! Thanks in advance for letting us know what you are needing in the form of professional development.

I am thankful that our November 22 Licensed staff workshop turned out so wonderfully. As I mentioned that day: I really appreciate the staff members who participated and led sessions, the staff at 401 for sharing their space with us, and the guidance from the PD advisory. We will be going through the evaluations at the end of the week in preparation for our next PD advisory meeting on December 4. Please submit your evaluation by Thursday, November 30. We will use the submitted evaluations to generate your CEU’s.

Looking ahead, we will be pulling the re-licensure committee together very soon to begin the process of communicating with those who will need to renew a license in 2018. If this is you, remember that it is never too early to organize your CEU certificates, look at the required areas, and be ready to submit what you need! If you are a member of this committee, watch for an email soon. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let Staci Blix or Joy Whitehead know.

If you are a probationary teacher, you should have completed your initial evaluation/observation from your supervisor at this time. You may also be planning your second evaluation/observation based on the feedback from that initial visit. If you need ideas for professional development based on your evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact me to assist in locating something that works. We will not have a Mentor/Mentee meeting in December, but I will be contacting you for a short visit to see how I can support your needs. If you have preferred times to visit, please let me know so that these visits are convenient for your schedules.

That’s all for now - THANKS to all of you who have been so supportive and welcoming in my new position. I am very grateful to have landed at SouthWest Metro.

Upcoming PD Opportunities

27, 28, & 30 - CPI 12 Hour @ RVEC, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

4 - PD Advisory @ VG, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
12 - #TechTuesday "Google Hangouts" @ the 401, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
14 - Trauma Informed Schools @ Chaska Government Center, 3 - 6:30 pm

8, 9, & 11 - CPI 12 Hour @ the 401
9 - #TechTuesday "Netiquette" @ STS, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

12 - CPI Refresher @ the 401
13 - #TechTuesday "Harnessing the Power of Twitter" @ RVEC, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
22 - Practical Advice on Section 504 @ Shakopee Holiday Inn Express

13 - #TechTuesday "Google Basics" @ the 401, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Book Recommendation
Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People from Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers by Todd Whitaker

This is a book on school leadership and teacher performance, but the premise transfers to any work setting or office. Recommended by Special Education Director Melanie Kray.