Dr. Comer Yates, Schoology both Featured During MCS Professional Development Days
Dr. Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School addresses Marietta City Schools educators during November’s professional development sessions.
Professional development sessions were in full swing across the Marietta City School’s district on November 5th and 6th. District and school leaders, as well as instructional coaches, teachers and support staff, were actively engaged in learning in an effort to grow their content knowledge and to be on the forefront of educational trends.
Dr. Comer Yates, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, was the keynote speaker for phonics training provided to kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals. After hearing Dr. Yates’ powerful words on language acquisition, participants had the opportunity to attend multiple break-out sessions covering topics like: integrating technology in phonics, interventions to support students and resources to share with families.
Schoology, the district’s new Learning Management System (LMS), delivered training to district Coordinators and teacher leaders. The group trained will assist with the roll-out of the new program and will help support teachers across the district.
Coy Dunn, the district’s new Fine Arts Coordinator planned multiple opportunities for his teachers including specialized sessions for band and orchestra. Experts in the field led sessions for drama, visual arts, and general music. Teachers had the opportunity to learn through hands-on methods and are excited to bring new practices back into their classrooms.
Select secondary English Language Arts (ELA) teachers met as grades 6-9 vertical cohort to examine and redefine instructional practices for reading in the content areas using research from Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher’s Rigorous Reading. Teachers delved into data and developed next step action plans to support student learning. Other 6-8 ELA teachers participated in a debrief and semester two planning session for the Engage New York curriculum.