Hundreds of teachers came out after the school year ended to do some learning of their own at the Summer Teacher Conference from June 18-21 at Mallard Creek High. The 50 sessions offered ranged from one to four days of instruction, with the possibility of earning up to 2.4 hours of continuing education credit.
The goal of the conference was to offer a wide-range of experiences, from courses with local content experts to special sessions with nationally recognized leaders in education. Many teachers enjoyed Kathy Collins’ readers workshop and the conference anchor course, differention academy. The Summer Teacher Conference also provided attendees with learning opportunities outside their expertise.
After 12 years in teaching, math coach Monique Rodriquez considers the conference a great learning opportunity for teachers at a very opportune time.
“The Summer Teacher Conference gives me the tools I need to teach students in real time with current information,” Rodriquez said. “I’ve had a week off and now I’m ready to start planning for next year. It’s too late to start planning in August. We need to stay one step ahead.”
Rodriquez also appreciates the support she receives from the instructors after the school year begins.
“Most of the trainers are from CMS, Rodriquez said. “They can come back to observe your work in the classroom and help make you a better professional.”