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How to Prepare for End of the School Year and Summer Time Staff Pd Days

Summertime Staff PD

Are you a Technology Coach working on extensive summertime professional development for teachers who don't want to attend your sessions and if they do, aren't fully involved in the activities? In this episode of Ask the Tech Coach, we share our tips and tricks for creating a culture for summertime digital learning.

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  • How to to Survive the End of the Year Staff Pd Days
    • Should schools offer end of the year staff development days?
    • Should schools offer summer PD or Bootcamp style events?
    • Should these types of activities be seperate or incorporated into the beginning of the year activities that are mandatory for all staff members?
      • What Should You Do on Staff Pd Days
        • Try that tech thing that’s been on your bucket list….something fun.
        • Twitter
        • Mystery Skype or Geoguessr
        • Google Keep
        • Something that is going to change your life in school and out
        • Google Photos
        • Google Certification
        • Microlearning
        • PLC’s/Mini-Edcamps
        • Divide and conquer work – Each teacher takes a Science Chapter/Unit and create a Google Form for it, then share out.
      • What Should You Not Do on Staff Pd Days
        • Just like spaced instruction think spaced PD.  
        • Don’t introduce staff to something new without a planned following up meeting.
        • Do not force teachers to all work on the same topic/skill – Choice is in
  • How do you handle staff that are “supposed to attend PD? … but don’t?
  • Planning for Summer PD Days
    • How to get teachers to attend PD?
      • $$ vs non $$
    • Sessions
      • Traditional vs Innovative
  • Advice for Tech Coaches who are currently creating Summer PD

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  • As the summer starts to get closer, many Tech Coaches are planning the end of the year or summertime PD for their staff members.  It’s often a struggle to get teachers to attend when they aren’t contracted to or when there isn’t a strong incentive. Always remember that attendance and acceptance of summer PD is a personal choice for the teacher and should never be taken personally by the Tech Coach.

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