Watson Chronicle


Support for Educators in the Field

Seventy-five Beginning Teachers Attend Professional Development Event

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Watson College of Education supports teachers in the first three years of their teaching career through the First Years of Teaching Support Program. A key component of the program, managed by WCE Professional Development System (PDS) director Somer Lewis, is professional development on topics of interest to beginning teachers, schools and districts.

Btday1Seventy-five teachers participated in a beginning teacher professional development day at the Watson College on Feb. 27.

Watson College faculty partnered with Lewis to offer a series of breakout sessions for the teachers during the full-day event:

  • National Board Certification: Am I Ready?, Somer Lewis
  • Tips for Managing Classroom Behavior (Without Driving Yourself Crazy!), Alicia Brophy
  • Thinking Straight About Literacy II, Brad Walker
  • Understanding Complex Relationships through Sociograms: A Visual Literacy Tool!, Somer Lewis
  • Make and Take Tailored Tech, Jeff Ertzberger and Salena Rabidoux
  • Around the World Through 20 Tools: Building a World-Reflective Classroom, Amy Garrett Dikkers
  • Teachers: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Abilities, Brian Brinkley

During lunch, teachers took part in a round table discussion on topics including classroom management, leadership and technology integration. They asked questions, shared what's working in their classrooms and populated a Google Document of tips and tricks in each of the areas. Lewis is sharing the spreadsheet with teachers as a takeaway from the session.

For information on the First Years of Teaching Program, visit www.uncw.edu/ed/teach1.