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PDS Hosts Professional Learning Day for Partnership Teachers

Monday, November 02, 2015

Eighty partnership teachers gathered at the Watson College Oct. 16 to participate in a professional learning day hosted by WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) Office. The event titled “iTEACH: Transform, Engage, Advocate, Challenge, Hope” featured presentations by WCE faculty and guest speakers.

Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, was keynote speaker. His presentation was titled “Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities: P-12 Education in North Carolina.”

iTEACH roundtable sessions were led by faculty members Georgie Bramley, Katie Schlichting, Brad Walker, Jerry Zinner and associate dean Ann Potts. The five sessions allowed teachers the opportunity to discuss ways that they transform, engage, advocate, challenge and inspire hope in their classrooms when working with students and UNCW pre-service teachers.

During concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon, WCE faculty and guest speakers teamed with PDS director Somer Lewis to provide presentations on a wide range of topics:

  • Sort it!, Suzanne Gooding
  • iTeach in a Whale, Harris Muhlstein
  • It’s All Writing – Adapting Revision Techniques From Audio and Video Production, Chuck Jurich
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Coaching and Mentoring, But Were Afraid to Ask, Susan Catapano
  • iTeach with Google, Jeff Ertzberger and Salena Rabidoux
  • FutureCasting: Helping Students Become the Hero of Their Own Story, Angela Housand
  • Coaching for New Partnership Teachers!, Somer Lewis
  • Inquirize Your Teaching, Lynn Sikma
  • Pathematics, Liz Barber
  • Encouraging Collaboration and Engagement with Parents, Alicia Brophy
  • Working with Refugee Students in Our Schools, Eleni Pappamihiel
  • The Power of STEAM Education, Dan Johnson

The professional learning days are offered each semester to PDS partnership teachers hosting interns from the Watson College.

Presentations from the event can be viewed on the PDS website at www.uncw.edu/ed/pds/pld.html.