Monday, June 4, 2018

What Are Minnetonka Teachers Learning About This Summer? A Lot--During Our Professional Development Classes!

Last past week we launched our annual summer catalog of professional development for our teachers. There are almost 100 sessions from which teachers can choose, including 18 online options. You can view all the 
course descriptions and the schedule
Hundreds of our teachers will spend time in classes and trainings we offer over the next three months, right up until school begins. Each summer over 400 Minnetonka teachers take technology professional development classes in addition to the other curriculum trainings and courses offered. Summer is a prime time for teacher training to occur. Our summer program has grown considerably over the past 12 years--back in 2005 we only had eight technology related classes!

Over the next three months there are technology classes related to iPads, Schoology, computer coding, digital health and wellness, maker spaces and more. In addition to technology classes, there are also many non-technology sessions offered such as classes on assessment, engagement, special needs, and our teaching and learning framework. We also offer extensive training sessions in August for all of our new teachers.

We use My Learning Plan to manage all of this. Teachers can sign up and drop classes, automatically be notified and reminded of classes and locations, and we can track rosters, waitlists, and CEUs. Teachers receive a stipend for the time they spend learning in summer technology sessions.

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