CCSD Educators and Employees Recharge during Professional Development Day
While students got some extra rest from their busy schedules on Friday, October 11th, Cache County School District’s teachers and employees had the opportunity to attend their first Professional Development Day of the 2019-20 school year.
Elementary school teachers met at Ridgeline High School to receive instruction regarding the implementation of CCSD’s newly-adopted math curriculum. They also listened to an address by Ben Springer, the Director of Special Education and Student Wellness in Wasatch School District. Springer spoke on the importance of balancing positive reinforcement for students with classroom expectations, and how to build a happy culture in our schools and classrooms.
Gary Thomas, Executive Director of Elementary Education, said, ”It’s important that we all continue to learn and grow in our profession, but this is even more true for educators." These professional development days are vital for teachers to continue learning so they can better serve our students.
Secondary teachers headed to Green Canyon High School, where they enjoyed keynote speeches from Superintendent Steven Norton, Chief Academic Officer Tim Smith, and Director of Student Services Curt Jenkins. With a conference theme of “Better Teachers, Better Students,” breakout sessions covered topics such as awareness of student mental health, communicating clear expectations, developing healthy relationships, and different tools that teachers can utilize for success. There was even a special visit by Superintendent Norton's favorite character, Napoleon Dynamite!
School secretaries gathered at the district office for a training meeting where they reviewed district processes, changes, and policies. A number of department heads and district office employees were on-hand to instruct and train the secretaries.
Professional Development Days hold great value to teachers and employees as they continue to learn and improve each year, which in turn benefits students. Tim Smith explained, “Our belief is that a better classroom teacher equals better outcomes for students. Our professional development is an effort to help improve the knowledge and skills of teachers.” There are over 1,000 teachers in our district striving to serve, educate, and inspire over 18,000 students. Days like today help them to accomplish their goals.