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Friday, April 14, 2017

EdCamp 2.0

by Lauren Weisser

The entire staff of the Woodland Hills School District participated in our second annual Ed. Camp style in-service on February 17th. This type of professional learning is meant to promote the desire for people to share and learn from their colleagues in an open environment. Each of our staff members has knowledge or strengths that should be shared with others.

See a video on the day here: https://shar.es/1UQTQe

Building on the momentum started last year, we were able to offer more sessions with a greater variety of topics for our 2017 Ed. Camp. Our own staff facilitated over forty different sessions. Each staff member registered for an individual schedule of four sessions. Some of the sessions focused on interventions for student such as Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and cultural sensitivity. Other sessions were content area focused, offering strategies for reading, math, and STEAM instruction. Special education, technology, wellness, and sessions for new teachers and retirees rounded out the choices for the day.

Teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, central office staff and school board members spent the day learning from each other and reflecting on best classroom practices for our students. We ended the day with a “World Cafe” reflection where staff shared their experiences and learning with each other.

The day was an overwhelming success with engaged staff, confident presenters, and an opportunity to learn with their colleagues. We are already looking forward to the third annual Woodland Hills Ed. Camp in 2018!

Lauren Weisser is a 6th Grade Teacher at Woodland Hills Intermediate.

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