Just days after students celebrated the last day of school, teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators from Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland counties began preparing for the 2016-17 school year by attending workshops during the Summer Learning Academy held June 7—9 on the campus of the Southern State Community College in Hillsboro.
Sponsored by the Brown County Educational Service Center, Region 14 State Support Team, and the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, the Summer Learning Academy offered 29 full- or half-day sessions tailored to grade-level needs in the areas of curriculum and instruction and professional development.
Educators participated in workshops that offered new ideas and resources in the areas of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, Universal Design for Learning, Teacher Based Teams and the 5-Step Process, Technology, Using Data to Impact Achievement, Intervening with Problem Behaviors, and a focus on Fine Arts.
There were also workshops that empowered teachers to employ and strengthen new and existing instructional strategies, gain a better understanding of reports and data, the importance of peer collaboration, and the impact of poverty in student learning, all of which are valuable resources teachers use in their classrooms on a daily basis.
While classrooms may be void of students during the summer months, educators keep busy preparing for that day in August when their classrooms will once again be filled with the sights and sounds of young minds investing in their education and preparing for their futures.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.