Have you ever wondered about what takes place during an inservice day?
Inservice days offer important training and professional development opportunities for teachers and staff covering a vast array of topics—anything from new research in instructional design to technology implementation strategies … and from considerations for special needs students to information about the Common Core State Standards. The purpose of inservice days is to support our educators so that they, in turn, can best support our students. These professional development and ongoing training opportunities are vitally important for our educators in our efforts to provide excellence in our classrooms.
School administrators custom design their inservice days in order to best support their educators. This flexibility is important since each individual school may face different issues. Offering a wide variety of trainings ensures that educators are well positioned to work collaboratively to support their school’s overarching mission and offer the best opportunities for the students.
As an example, both Malletts Bay School and Colchester Middle School offered mindfulness workshops with Martha Whitney as a component of one of their recent inservice days. (Please see our November 4 article, “Mindfulness in Our Schools,” to learn about the benefits of mindfulness curriculum.) Mindfulness is aligned with the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, which has a pathway dedicated to wellness-oriented, balanced, and healthy learners.
The mindfulness-oriented inservice is closely related to another example of recent inservice training, in which Porters Point School and Union Memorial School attended a Howard Center presentation about creating trauma-informed learning environments. Creating such environments for students who have or who are experiencing complex trauma can help them to better recognize and learn to alleviate their stressors. This, in turn, has positive implications for entire classrooms and the schools’ overall academic climate.
These are just a few examples of the wide variety of training and development opportunities that take place during inservice days. If you would like to know more, please contact Colchester School District’s administrative offices at (802) 264-5999.
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