I'm Tracked Out, but Hello Literacy's On the Road Again!

Look, they even made me a cute name tent!

You all may have remembered my trip to Arkansas on my January track-out (track-out is a year-round school term that means when I'm off school) to present my Common Core presentations to the staff at Sonora Elementary School...well, most recently, I had the pleasure of presenting my Hello Common Core presentations (Part 1 and Part 2) to the teachers at Hodge Road Elementary School, here in the Wake County Public School System, last Friday, and to the teachers at Barnwell Elementary School in Johns Creek, Georgia, this past Monday and Tuesday.

 What a blast I had...and from the feedback I received (Ok, Barnwell, I totally just said in my head, "i before e except after c" to spell that...) they were "invigorated and inspired" according the principal, Dr. Sauce, and teachers are still talking about.  One teacher even said, "it was the best professional development I've ever had."  You know I always enjoy presenting to other staffs when I'm not teaching and presenting at my own school.  The entire staff, including Amanda Swerdlow, the Curriculum Support Teacher, who arranged to have me, and the principal, Dr. Norman Sauce, really made me feel like a rock star!  The teachers at Barnwell really have a special place in my heart. I guess that's what happens when you spend 6 "close" hours with teachers really diving into the Common Core, taking a hard, honest look at the teachers' new (less control) role in the Common Core and all the ways the "what and how" of the Common Core is preparing kids for their future.

 I spent Monday with half the staff while they had subs in their rooms, and all day Tuesday with the other half of the staff while they had subs in their rooms.  Amanda and the school secretary, really did some creative scheduling to make it all happen on such short notice.  I think it went pretty well....they've already invited me back for another day on October 15, 2013.  Seriously, to EVERYONE that attended Monday and Tuesday's PD, THANK YOU for all your kind words, touching thank-you notes, and positive words of inspiration at the end of the day, YOU are the rockstars!  A few teachers from Barnwell, a Curriculum Support Teacher from another school and the K-12 Humanities specialist from the district got together for dinner Monday night at a nearby Mexican restaurant.

I will also be doing the same Common Core presentations at an elementary school in the Fulton County Schools district, at Medlock Bridge Elementary, thanks to Debbie Doyle, the Curriculum Support Teacher, that attended the Tuesday session at Barnwell, who emailed me and said, "we really need you at Medlock Bridge." Well Debbie, I'm happy to come back and I look forward to more invigorating Common Core conversations with the Metlock staff!

Here is my schedule for upcoming PD events:
July 1 & 2 - Sonora Elementary School, Arkansas - Vocabulary Instruction
July 23 - Twin Lakes School District (four elementary schools), Indiana - Common Core
October 10 & 11 - Medlock Bridge Elementary, Georgia - Common Core
October 15 - Barnwell Elementary, Georgia 

 If Common Core training is still something your school needs, I'm happy to assist through PD in the form of a morning presentation, an afternoon workshop and/or some literacy consulting with individual teams or grade levels, just email me.  At this point, my track-out schedule is filling up for October 2013, but I available for three weeks in January 2014, and again in March of 2014.  Let me know!


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