On Tuesday, January 2nd, while students enjoyed their last day of winter break, teachers were back at work and attending the first annual Whole Child Whole Teacher conference.
The conference, coordinated by Michelle Roundy, Holly Voorhees Carmical, and the Educational Services team, provided a conference style approach to a standard professional development day. The State of Wyoming requires that districts provide 10 professional development days in a school year. This year, staff decided to take a state mandate and turn it into an engaging, interactive opportunities for teachers to learn from one another and discuss ways to enhance their teaching practices.
About the conference one teacher commented “Giving students choice is key to buy-in, and teachers as students are no different! THANK YOU for putting our learning in our own hands!”
There were a total of 64 sessions offered throughout the day long training, with a wide range of topics covered, including Supercharge Your Classroom Rotations with Blended Learning to Increase Student Focus through Movement to Working to Reduce Cycles of Stress. Sessions were led by community partners and TCSD staff. Some presenters shared ideas and suggestions from their own teaching experience, while others shared what they have learned while attending other professional trainings and conferences, thereby expanding the learning and the investment the district has made in sending teachers to conferences throughout the state and the country.
One teacher summed up the training well, “This session provided fantastic resources and discussion about the power of using a continuum to identify student needs and teaching points. Superb! I learned so much that I will be using directly in my classroom and already keen to see the improvements in my practice.”