School's Not Just for Kids
What do teachers do in the summertime when their students are on vacation, attending camps, and enjoying the break? They go to school! This summer, over 400 Coppell ISD teachers, bent on perfecting their craft, gave up their own personal time to learn about the latest educational research and trends as well as instructional strategies they can use in their classroom starting on day one.
According to CISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Sherrye Dotson, “We purposefully planned for this summer’s conference to be a different experience for our teachers. The later date of August instead of June seemed to work better for our staff and for the first time, we met out-of-the-district in a nearby conference hotel which immediately set the tone of professionalism.”
In an effort to help teachers diversify their instructional strategies, differentiation was the underlying theme of the conference. The keynote address was given by brain compatibility and research instructor Dr. Joan Della Valle, adjunct professor at Buffalo State SUNY in their division of International Graduate Programs for Educators. This particular topic thread was woven throughout each of the concurrent sessions as teachers learned more about the practical application of differentiation and what it should “look like” in a classroom.