Peg Mannion
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From: Monday, October 5, 2015 8:44 AM -0500
Subject:Teachers Advance Their Craft During Summer

While one might think that for school districts summer months are spent cleaning, renovating and catching up on buildings, budgets and bus repairs, the reality is summer also is a time for our staff to continue to refine and advance their craft.  For any school district, strong teachers deploying the best teaching practices are the school board's main investment. Summertime is the optimal time to continue professional development and growth.

Keep the main thing, the main thing
Even in the summer, we keep the main thing, the main thing – strong teaching. Let’s take a look a few of the many instruction-focused activities our teachers and administrators are engaged in this summer:
•     Content-specific writing teams articulating scope and sequence, as well as drafting common assessments
•     Attending Danielson evaluation workshops, working to effectively refine and integrate our instructional review and evaluation processes.
•     Grading the free-response sections of Advanced Placement exams
•     Preparing for integration of iPads for incoming freshmen
•     Working toward their advanced degrees
•     Helping students advance through our summer school programming
•     Improving students’ math skills by assisting with Edgenuity, an online tool that offers targeted instruction to help students catch up or get ahead.
•     Networking with colleagues across the country through Twitter chats and Google hangouts to become more effective practitioners.
•     Helping band and choir students develop music and leadership skills through camp experiences
•     Attending professional development workshops

Year-round focus
Through these and many other activities, our teachers and administrators are working to ensure there is a great school year ahead. They’re also modeling the lifelong learning and continuous growth we want to see in our students. Throughout the year, educators’ focus is on:
•     Helping students acquire and master skills
•     Supporting students who struggle
•     Fostering a sense of love of learning
•     Inspiring students to explore and discover their interests and passion

Before we know it, another school year will get under way, and thanks to educators’ hard work over the summer, it will be a year of innovation, deep learning, growth and success.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Glenbard Township High School District 87