Once teachers earn a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification they are done learning, right? Not quite. In the state of Illinois, when teachers receive their teaching certificate, they are required to attend and track continuing professional development in order to renew their certificate. Certificates are renewed on a 5 year cycle and teachers must enter at least 120 CPDU’s (Continuing Professional Development Units) which equates to 120 hours of professional development per every 5 year certificate cycle. In Episode 7 of “After The Bell Rings”, Adam and Mike talk about their new Personalized Professional Development program, called #TRIADvances, that puts a new spin on how teachers at Triad earn CPDU’s. This new and exciting program has taken off and allowed teachers to explore new and exciting technology-infused lessons on their own time. Adam and Mike have had the pleasure of presenting their #TRIADvances program at multiple local and statewide conferences and are excited to present it at METC Conference (St. Louis) and ICE Conference (Chicago) during the month of February 2018.
How many times have you picked your child up from school or the bus stop and asked “How was your day?” only to be met with “good” or “fine”. Then you follow up with “What did you do today?” only to, once again, be met with a vague answer like “nothing”. Why do kids do that? Why are they reluctant to talk to us about their day even though, as parents, we want to hear and talk about their experiences? In episode 6, Amy Van Hoose and 2nd grade teachers Kate Knolhoff and Emily Lovelace share questioning strategies to help get your kids to open up and what to do with the information they give you.
Mike Wielgus & Adam Geisen host their first “After The Bell Rings Podcast” in Episode 5 as they explore all things technology at Triad. They discuss their roles as instructional technology coaches, devices that students and teachers use, and introduce two segments that they will highlight in each “techy” episode called “Take Home Tech” & “Techy Teacher Time”.
We know that evenings can be hectic at home. There always seems to be more to fit in than hours in the day. In Episode 4, Amy Van Hoose and 1st grade teacher Lisa Patterson discuss ideas for keeping your kids organized and accountable for their own work at home.
In this Episode of “After The Bell Rings”, Tricia Aukamp, School Psychologist from Silver Creek Elementary and Marine Elementary, joins Amy Van Hoose to discuss the I.E.P. (Individualized Education Process). In the episode they will review what exactly an I.E.P. is, how students qualify, and what to expect through the process.