Teachers Complete 8th Year of Collaboration in Professional Learning Teams

Post date: May 30, 2018 12:44:50 PM

As the 2017-18 school year draws near the end, teachers from our north county Catholic elementary schools finished their 8th year working together in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) on May 4th at St. Ferdinand School. This year, the PLTs had a focus on differentiated instruction techniques and using technology in the classroom. Specifically, many teachers have been exploring ways to use Google's GSuite for Education and Google Classroom to enhance student learning.

With the $100,000 Beyond Sunday Grant received for the 2017-18 school year by the Federation of Catholic Schools, each school now has at least one set of Chromebooks, with many planning to add another set or two for the coming school year. Another important component of the grant was the formation of the Technology Teacher Leader group, so that each school has a Google-certified Educator (levels I and II) in their building to assist their colleagues in using the Chromebooks and other educational technology.

The principals were able to stretch the funds from the grant, and use resources from other sources to provide professional development opportunities so that this group of teacher leaders can continue to work together for the next school year in 2018-19. "Having teacher tech leaders in our schools has been a key a component to the success of technology integration in all of our classrooms across the Federation," said Mrs. Govero, principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School and coordinator of the technology teacher leaders. "We are looking forward to the future support this group of leaders will provide in our individual schools and PLTs with regards to the enhancement of student learning through the use of technology."