For the past few years, reading has taken center stage in PD—specifically because this is an area that has been deemed as being one that most of our students struggle with as evidenced by ISAT performance. For the past couple of years, teachers have been exposed to the concept of Reading Across the Curriculum. At first, Haugan received PD from an outside consultant and then last year, most of our PD was delivered on-site by our Master Teachers. This year, we are going full force with Reading Across the Curriculum and marrying it to the Differentiation concept—Haugan personnel will be the driving force behind the initiative; in terms of providing all PD ourselves. So far, we have delivered 4 PowerPoint presentations that have some type of literacy/differentiation element embedded into it: Ex: 1. Formative Assessment; 2. Word Maps to Build Comprehension; 3. Summarizing; and 4. Differentiation.
Differentiation ppt: We opened the year with a PD session on differentiation. Although many of our Haugan teachers have been to conferences/workshops that delve deeply into this concept, we felt that we needed to present teachers with practical techniques that they could immediately put into practice the first week of school—techniques that would help them get to know their students’ interests and learning styles. In having an idea of students’ interests and learning styles, teachers are better able to engage students.