Many Davis school district teachers went back to school — as both teachers and students — this summer.
A number of teachers devoted time to many activities centered on learning. Some actively created and launched summertime classes available through the Adult and Community Education summer programs. Others spent hours in some of the professional-growth opportunities offered by the district.
Stemming from the call to action from the strategic planning process, the Davis school district offered the following opportunities:
* In June and July, DJUSD offered more than 15 workshops on a variety of topics including Socratic Seminars; Building Common Core Skills through History; California Association for the Gifted; Using Standards for Mathematical Practices; and Close Reading Using Read-Aloud for TK-3. The district will continue to offer professional growth opportunities in August.
* UC Davis Math Project: During the week of July 7-11, DJUSD teachers had the opportunity to explore and share problems, tasks, games and activities designed to enhance children’s understanding of mathematics and its connections to thinking, reasoning and real-world problem-solving.
Together with mathematics educators, the teachers:
— Increased their familiarity with the Common Core state standards for grades 4-6;
— Explored a variety of math activities, tasks and games created to enhance student understanding of key mathematical ideas;
— Worked with colleagues to create exciting lessons that can immediately be used with kids; and
— Gained the confidence needed to engage students in this new content.
In addition to this weeklong experience, up to 10 institute participants had the opportunity to put the group’s work into practice with a group of rising fourth- through sixth-grade students at the Summer Adventures in Mathematics Camp, part of the UCD Summer Adventures in Enrichment Summer Program.