Learning Opportunities, New Ideas Abound Through Professional Development

Learning Opportunities, New Ideas Abound Through Professional Development

Abbie Wexler, Director of Teaching and Learning, spent September 20-22nd attending a Montessori Coaches Training workshop. Three days were spent developing tools to support Montessori teachers and schools. The training included:

  • Orientation to a coaching model which focuses on the needs of adult working in Montessori schools
  • Tools to support a school-wide community of reflective practice
  • Training and practice with classroom observation using tools and rubrics that support a strong Montessori program
  • Training and practice with effective Montessori-oriented one-on-one conversations with staff which respect adult development and promote growth
  • Member ship in a digitally-connected national community of Montessori coaches

This past August, Colleen O'Neill, Lower Elementary Assistant spent part of her summer working toward her professional development goal by attending the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education's IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training which took place in University Heights. Orton-Gillingham is a powerful approach to teaching reading and spelling to children that uses multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, phonics-based, and explicit instruction for children of all ages. Colleen has been excited to support the children in her classroom with the fundamental concepts of Orton-Gillingham. She hopes that her training will help to make a difference in the confidence of young and aspiring readers at HMS.

In October, Jill Sooy, Librarian, attended the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Conference in Columbus as part of her professional development.  She attended several sessions covering a variety of topics including new publications, technology trends in libraries, preparing students to be "Future Ready," and helping students discern what is real and what is not on the Internet, among others.  The conference provided many new learning opportunities and the chance to recharge with new ideas she can share with HMS students.


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