by Dr. Ellin Booras
Professional Development at Sandwich High School promises to be lively and focused this year. Each of our nine departments will be working on initiatives which support our two step goal of maximizing the proliferate and integrated use of technology to insure a high level of student engagement.
Each department has devised a plan which advances our goal. The plan consists of a cross walk to our school improvement plan which is comprised of the NEASC recommendations resulting from our decennial visit in October, 2013. each of the PD plans are in conformance with the Sandwich High School ‘s learning expectations which include academic, social and civic benchmarks.
Departments will be working in a collaborative model for the five Late Start Days. Each department will produce a final product to showcase using instructional technology. This will be done through a school-wide gallery walk held in June. Teachers will visit the stations hosted by colleagues to learn about the work being done throughout the school. Embedded in the work will be checking for unity in common formative assessments, use of school wide rubrics to guide student work, and broadening repertoire in authentic and formative assessments. The ultimate goal is to expand project based learning which promotes student engagement and to do so through meaningful use of contemporary twenty-first century tools.