Professional Development

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. It was my first full-time teaching job. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education. Though I was technology savvy, none of my classwork or student teaching prepared me for this. I wasn’t trained to teach computer science, how was I supposed to make this work?

Teachable Moments: Connecting With Students In — and Out — of the Classroom

It’s often said that teaching and learning doesn’t always take place in the classroom—some of the most important lessons are learned on the playground, in the street, on the job or somewhere else.

How a Prescription Pill Emergency Woke up Our School Community to a Mental Health Crisis

When four ambulances arrived at school in 2015 to transport middle school students who had taken prescription drugs in the classroom, it was a career first for me. We had made so much progress as a school community to improve student behavior in the classroom that year, having reduced disciplinary referrals by 25 percent. However, as the sirens blared that morning, I realized classroom behavior was just the tip of the iceberg. If we really wanted to improve student behavior, we needed to take a deeper look at what was happening in their lives.

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