School Continues For Teachers

Teachers Return to School for Professional Development Workshops
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The final bell rang across Glendale Union High School District campuses last week and students were released to enjoy their summers. But for teachers – school is just getting started.

Every summer, teachers are asked to participate in summer workshops to review their work from the previous year and to help fine-tune their teaching skills for the approaching school year.

In the workshops, teachers review and grade student work. It’s a time for other teachers to evaluate how their peers did and an opportunity to offer professional development advice.

During the course of the three-day workshops, teachers consult with other teachers to seek feedback and constructive criticism on the work they assigned their students throughout the year.

It’s all about continuous improvement, giving teachers a reflection on what they taught.

And although the workshops aren’t mandatory, the majority of teachers choose to participate in the workshops as a way of bettering their skills for the next school year. And because teachers work within teams, at least one person from each team will have attended a workshop. The summer workshops have existed since the 1980s.

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There are nearly 800 district teachers and about 60 percent participate in the workshops each summer. The sessions are held throughout June and July and cover nearly every subject taught at the high schools.

In addition to the professional development workshops currently underway, teachers will also attend seminars on advanced placement curriculum, cooperative learning workshops, mentor workshops and a class designed for new teachers to help them polish their skills and prepare for the new school year.