The Penn Charter faculty and administration gained experience and valuable feedback last spring when PC switched to distance learning. Over the summer, teachers continued to build proficiency by engaging in a variety of professional development opportunities.
- Middle and Upper School faculty, as well as some Lower School teachers, enrolled in their first choice for a professional development course with Global Online Academy (GOA), the organization that sets the industry standard for professional development in online and hybrid learning. Course topics/themes include: Online Course Design, Assessment, Student Agency, Wayfinding, and courses specifically designed for building relationships and for Lower School teachers. Over 20 faculty members chose to take a second GOA course and there is the opportunity for others to enroll in a second course if they are interested.
- Lower School faculty are engaged in Google Certification training, along with specific professional development related to SeeSaw, a platform used to showcase student work.
- The Technology Department and Professional Development subcommittee of the Contingency Planning Committee developed a list of technology-related professional development resources for all faculty. Through our Teaching & Learning Center, we will also offer a series of in-house “teachers teaching teachers” sessions in late summer specifically related to these tech-related resources.
- In all three divisions, faculty committees have been formed to look specifically at assessment policies and practices for online and hybrid learning.
- School directors and assistant school directors have been engaged with consultants from Leadership + Design on schedule prototyping and formation. Each division has also engaged faculty in their work on schedules.