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.
Formative Assessment ppt: The idea behind this PD session was to expose teachers to techniques that they can implement in any one of the different content-areas that would allow them to frequently monitor students’ understanding. Research has shown that it is through these constant ‘checks for understanding’ that teachers are better able to adjust their instruction to maximize learning. Through formative assessment, teachers are able to cater to students’ individual needs; this is a huge concept behind differentiation.