We just completed our Winter 2019 Wolfpack WORKS professional development sessions with our wonderful teachers! These sessions were held at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on December 16, 17, and 18. Teachers from all 16 Wolfpack WORKS school districts from across NC were in attendance.
Each day began with celebrations dedicated to all of the terrific things our teachers are accomplishing, including recognizing teachers who have received teaching awards and teachers who have completed their lateral entry requirements.
Our fantastic Wolfpack WORKS coaches led our teachers in their use of two digital tools, Zoom and GoReact. These digital tools are key components of our distance coaching model. Teachers and coaches brainstormed additional ways these digital tools could be used to support our teachers’ daily work, including planning, looking at online module resources across schools, and co-teaching.
We also held break-out sessions that focused on our two remaining literacy structures for the 2019-2020 school year: word work instruction (phonological awareness and phonics) and writing instruction. The word work sessions engaged teachers in learning how to teach phonics if they don’t use a phonics program in their schools or districts, how to use assessments to inform differentiated phonics instruction, and how to engage emergent readers and writers in word identification instruction.
The writing professional development sessions focused on how to use mentor texts during writing instruction, how to support students’ writing growth by using assessments to inform instruction, and starting points for writing instruction with young learners.
These professional development days were a huge success and we want to thank our wonderful beginning teachers for coming with such great enthusiasm and energy! We hope everyone has a fantastic winter break and we look forward to 2020!
-Anna Thorp and Marina Wagemaker (Wolfpack WORKS Leadership Team)