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Teacher Share Sessions

Green Vale teachers are finding ways to deepen and enhance adult learning on campus during full faculty professional development time.  The agenda for a recent faculty meeting gave teachers a dilemma: chose and attend only one peer-led workshop from a menu of rich and varied options. After great success last year, this repeat event highlighted peer collaboration, interdisciplinary and cross-departmental work, and a commitment from teachers to build a community of adult learners. Associate Head of School Narinder Bhalla and Dean of Academics Pam Velastegui set aside this time as a way of meeting teacher craving for ever more chances to collaborate and learn from one another. Below the photos is the list of workshops:

Digital Citizenship & Fake News
Presenters: Karenn Ressa and Julie Rooney

Help your students learn how to decipher information into fact, fiction, or opinion whether researching for a paper or interacting with information on social media.  Using the Stanford Study, Opposing Viewpoints and Kids Infobits databases, plus a practical exercise for faculty to try on their own, attendees will gain more tools for helping students to become informed digital citizens.

Global Awareness
Presenters: Valerie Field and Rich Quinlan

Knowing the mission statement of the Green Vale School, this session will demonstrate strategies for educating to inspire genuine global citizens. This class is about discussions and questioning for students who are in the incipient stages of forming a worldview. Topics such as social justice, current events, and global awareness will be addressed.

Maker Space Inc.
Presenters: Mary Metzger and Liz Nugent

In this session teachers will learn about maker spaces and how they can be used to engage students in their own learning process and support deep thinking in the classroom.  Mary and Liz will share their experience and success using maker spaces with their students, and they will offer a few fun challenges for participants as well.

An Introduction to the Responsive Classroom
Presenter: Sarah Hossfeld

With over 10 years of training and experience using the “responsive classroom” approach, Sarah will share how this teacher-directed, child-owned way of teaching has helped to build students’ academic and social-emotional competencies in her classroom over the years.  

Teachers’ College Writer’s Workshop Overview
Presenters: Jessica Katsoulakis and Claudine Rogers

This workshop will offer ways to help teachers prepare and familiarize themselves with the Writer’s Workshop units. We will discuss the components of the workshop model while addressing topics such as assessing student writing, using mentor texts to lift the level of student work, and using effective tools and resources for writing workshop.

Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement
Presenters: Jillian Casey and Lauren Florez

Join us to learn about two dynamic technology tools, Buncee and Nearpod, that can be used to  increase student engagement. Buncee is a presentation tool that allows students to easily create, express, and share ideas. Nearpod is a website that allows teachers and students to collaborate electronically in a variety of ways using laptops or tablet devices.