This weekend I watched several college football games on Saturday and a couple of professional football games on Sunday. As I watched the players battle for the ball, run in to the in zone for a touchdown or sack the quarterback, I thought about how many hours they practice to get to the collegiate or professional level.
At Columbia School District our teachers also spend many hours working to hone their teaching skills through professional development and advanced classes. Each teacher must earn the equivalent of six credits every five years and spend at least thirty hours in school based professional development each year. Teachers read educational articles and books in order to continue to learn best practices in teaching and learning. Many teachers scour the internet reading teacher blogs and articles about what activities are included at schools across the country.
As we prepared for school this fall our teachers spent several days working together, analyzing data and planning positive learning interventions. During their collaborative learning opportunities they discussed and cooperated on many activities that will provide success oriented activitiesfor their students. Many of our teachers spent the summer taking courses, reading educational books or attending seminars to help them prepare for their students.
We had several teachers attend seminars focused on the curriculum for Advanced Placement courses. Some of our teachers spent time this summer joining almost 1,000 other educators at Nerd Camp focusing on literacy, technology integration and innovative educational activities. Still other Columbia educators connected with colleagues to participate in book studies. In addition, some of our teachers and administrators participated in leadership focused activities this summer.
As you watch the various sporting events this fall and admire the proficiency of the athletes, think about all of the effort our great Columbia School District educators put into improving their ability to teach our children and preparing our students to be successful learners. These fine Columbia instructors are truly life-long learners. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia educational opportunities, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.