Watson Chronicle


Support for Educators in the Field

PDS Hosts Professional Learning Days for Partnership Teachers

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Watson College held two professional learning day events in March for teachers and supervisors supporting Watson College interns. The full-day events featured keynote speakers, breakout and whole group sessions aligned with the theme It Begins with Teachers… It Starts with Coaching.

More than 100 partnership teachers and supervisors supporting interns in early childhood and elementary schools participated in the first event held March 22 at the Watson College. Tabari Wallace was keynote presenter at the event.  Wallace is principal of West Craven High School in Craven County and 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. He has been called the “Drum Major” for the education profession, for his ability to promote and build bridges for excellence in the field.

Abbey Futrell was keynote speaker at a second professional learning day event, held March 29 for 40 partnership teachers and supervisors supporting middle grades and secondary interns. Futrell is assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools, and a former digital innovation coach with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

The professional learning days are offered each semester to PDS partnership teachers hosting interns from the Watson College. WCE’s Professional Development System Office coordinates the events.