Nebo School District Teachers Enjoyed Professional Staff Development

While students had the opportunity to have a free day from school and enjoy the last bit of good weather, Nebo teachers and staff were participating in educator development a bit differently. Depending on the subject or age of the students taught, the teachers had an opportunity to choose some of their training. 

Secondary teachers enjoyed the theme: “Little Things... Big Impact!” Some of the classes to choose from included the Happiness Advantage, From the Lens of the Learner, Project Based Learning 101, How to Maximize Canvas for Your Students, and Fine Arts Collaboration to name a few.

The event coordinator, Wendy LeFevre, and also Nebo’s Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, said, “It was very exciting to see secondary employees gather to participate in professional development that was meaningful to them. Offering a variety of options to participants and having excellent presenters made for a very successful day of learning.”

Nebo’s elementary teachers had time to dive into Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling called LETRS. This professional course is an empowering development training for any teacher–no matter the grade, who teaches reading, spelling, and related language skills. Teachers received guidance on how to plan and balance word recognition and comprehension instruction. Five essential components of reading instruction include: Phoneme Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension.

When asked about the elementary portion of staff development, Alicia Rudd, Nebo’s Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, said, “We are so proud of and grateful for the caliber of teachers we have in Nebo School District. To prepare for our K-5th grade Professional Learning Day on September 20, teachers had to complete work prior to this day which involved reading, watching training videos, learning how to assess student phonological knowledge, then assessing three students. The power of our professional learning this year through LETRS is that we are all learning together for the benefit of students. The LETRS pedagogy will strengthen our already strong classroom whole group and small group instruction and provide opportunities of networking and collaboration across the district. Now, that is amazing!”

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