Arizona Teachers Create DIY Professional Development
the tight budgets dominating public education, teachers in the Higley
Unified School District (HUSD) in the southern suburbs of Phoenix
create their own one-day professional development program.
Higley USD Professional Development Café, teachers and
members volunteered to lead one- or two-hour sessions during the October 13
all-day event that was attended by hundreds of teachers.
30 different sessions were held with titles ranging from "Writers
and "Strategies for Working With ELL and Struggling Students" to "Close
and "Teach Like a Champion!" On that list of sessions were several
with incorporating technology into classroom teaching.
will be great to use with my sixth-graders," said Lori Pascual who
teaches at the Higley Traditional Academy.
she attended classes on Web page development for students, an update on
math standards and one on how to incorporate science, technology,
and math into the elementary school curriculum.
who works with gifted students at Gateway Pointe Elementary School,
said the best takeaway of the day for her was a session that introduced
the flipped classroom concept in which students study lessons the
prepares on video at home the night before and then use classroom time
it all," Williams said.
engaged and active," said HUSD Assistant Superintendent Steve Nance.
clearly enjoyed the learning and the new ideas. We hope to continue this
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.