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Upcoming Events & Programs:

 
Professional Development Opportunity for ESPs
 
Durango 9-R will be offering a professional development course for Education Support Professionals titled "Your Behavioral and Communication Style- Why it Matters and What it Means in the Workplace." The course counts towards the ESP Advancement Program and will be offered on Tuesday, October 10th from 4:15 - 5:15 pm and again on Saturday, October 14th from 8:15 - 9:15 am. Both sessions will be in the Board Room at the Central Office; staff do not need to attend both sessions - these are just two different time offerings to accommodate different schedules.

The course will cover how individuals differ in the way they interact with others, and the way they gather, process, and evaluate information for problem solving and decision making. Dr. Carl Jung identified four psychological functions that are related to this process: sensation, intuition, thinking, and feeling. In this engaging, interactive session, you will learn what your dominant functions are, and what the strengths and weaknesses of your style are. You will also learn about other styles, and the strengths and weaknesses of those styles.

Staff need to register for the course through the ERO. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Jordan Morgan in Human Resources at ext 1436 or at jmorgan@durango.k12.co.us.
Google Certification
 
Do you prefer online professional development? Like working at your own pace? Are you looking for ways to leverage technology in your classroom that would benefit both yourself and your students? Then consider getting Google Level 1 Educator certified.

The link below will take you to the Google Certification Level 1 online training course.

https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification

You can also make a copy of the Google doc below and use it to record your notes during your online training.

Outline of Google Certification Level 1 Online Training:
The Durango Outpost of the Bisti Writing Project is brand new this year! We’re looking for a group of teachers who are interested in developing their writing skills and skills in teaching writing to become founding members of the Durango Outpost Site.

Our site will collaborate with the Bisti Writing Project in Farmington, NM and with the Red Mesa Outpost Site in Red Mesa, AZ. In addition to opportunities to collaborate locally, there will be opportunities to collaborate with teachers from National Writing Project Sites around the nation. The National Writing Project is a teacher-based model of professional development in which we will develop:
 
  • Ourselves as writers through the participation in reflective practice and exploring the ways that this practice can support how we teach writing and how we support our students as writers
  • Our understanding of the writing process through engaging in authentic writing, sharing, and feedback
  • Our understanding of students as writers and strategies we can use to facilitate their writing development
  • Collaborative relationships with other teachers and teacher educators

For more about the National Writing Project, see: https://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/about.csp

Our first meeting of the year will be Saturday, November 4.
Where: Fort Lewis College- Building EBH, Room 219
When: 9-2:30 (lunch included)
Theme: Ourselves as Writers
What we will do:
Explore and develop our identity as writers (it’s OK if you don’t have a strong identity as a writer)
Learn more about the BWP and our 4-day writing mini- institute and provide feedback
Set up a common reading experience
Brainstorm goals and questions as we go into the next school year
Discuss and refine goals for the three additional days
Emerge with a sense of focus and renewal as we prepare for the upcoming school year!

Please also save the date for other sessions this year. Feel free to come to as many as you can:

Saturday, January 27th -- Supporting and Developing Students as Writers
Saturday, April 7th -- Our Classroom as a Writing Community
TBA Date

CEU’s may also be available (we are in the process of trying to set this up). Contact the email address below for more information.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to bwpdurango@gmail.com. Please include information on the following:

What grade(s) do you teach?
What subject(s) do you teach?
How long have you taught?
Include a paragraph or more that describes your writing background, such as:
What types of writing do you teach currently?
What writing instruction do you do particularly well?
What other types of writing would you like to teach?
What would you like to better and/or do more of when you teach writing?
What needs do you see in your students, in terms of their writing?

Sincerely,

Suzie Null, FLC
Tiffany Mapel, Miller Middle School
Lorien Chambers-Schuldt, FLC
Michelle Bonanno, FLC
Elise Wright, FLC