October 16 Home Communicator – This year the staff is going through a professional development class connected to what we learned last year in our 7 Strategies course.  This class is valuable for many different reasons.  First, it allows staff a common time to come together and work to refine their craft on developing best practices in the classroom. In a profession where you spend more time isolated from colleagues than working with them, this is valuable to build concepts, ideas, and skills to use in the classroom.  Second, it has given our school consistency in developing vocabulary and strategies between grade levels.  This will provide a more seamless academic development between classes. Finally, it has provided thoughtful questions and reflection on practices that otherwise might not have been thought about.  In our Professional Learning Communities we are able to have deep discussions and really look into why we we do things the way we do.

We are blessed to be able to utilize these early release days to allow all staff time to further our education and development as professionals.  I thank you for partnering with us in providing opportunities to challenge students’ minds and lives for Christ!

In Christ,

Justin Knot, Director of Curriculum and Instruction