summer learning for teachers at Kent ISD

Take Advantage of Summer Learning Opportunities

School is out and summer is finally here! We hope you have a wonderful summer. Before we sign off for the 2014-15 school year, we wanted to highlight some popular blog posts that might be beneficial to your continual learning over the summer.

1. How to Avoid the Summer Slide
Kent ISD shares how to avoid the summer slideResearch completed over hundreds of years has demonstrated that students are likely to shut down their minds during this time and can suffer significant educational consequences.  In fact, students generally score worse on a standardized test in early Fall than they do on the very same test the previous spring (Downey 2004). This blog post shares amazing camps for students, as well as some strategies for preventing summer reading loss.

2. How to Read Professional Development Books: 7 Tactics You Might Not Be Using
How to read PD books Kent ISDThis blog post is a great one for summer learning.  As you may know there are more edu-books out there than any of us have time to read.  Dave Stuart, Jr. has compiled a wonderful list of must read books.  He also gives you 7 tactics you may not be using to help you get through all his book recommendations.  You should save this link!

3. Professional Learning: 4 Ideas for Busy TeacherspdNOW Kent ISD  Webinar Educational Learning Resource
We all know professional learning is important.  But with limitations of time and money, the journey to build our knowledge becomes even more of a challenge. This post shares links to webinars/online courses, shared resources, newsletters/blogs, and more so that you can continue your learning over the summer.

Kent ISD- Professional Development Plan4. 2015-2016 PD Plan Online
Kent ISD is working on another great year for professional learning.  Visit this blog to see what we have in store and to enroll in some great workshops!

This is the last post for this year. We will be back on August 11th.  Enjoy your summer and continue learning!

Amanda Walma
Professional Development Coordinator
Kent ISD

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