State Teachers Return to Class after Summer of Learning
While students enjoyed summer break, hundreds of West Virginia teachers spent part of their vacation in the classroom preparing for the new school year.
They participated in one or more professional development sessions hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development. The sessions ranged from one to four days and were held at locations throughout the state. All levels of educators, from county administrators to beginning classroom teachers, attended in order to enhance their skills and positively impact student learning.
Each summer, WVCPD holds a variety of professional development activities to provide research-based courses for teachers wanting to increase their effectiveness in the classroom.
Qualified, seasoned educators lead the sessions. The Advanced Placement Institute, for example, brings hundreds of teachers together to focus on specific content areas for four days. College Board-certified instructors lead these courses across the country.
The state Board of Education requires that all AP teachers and coordinators in the state attend summer and fall institutes on a regular basis to sharpen instructional skills and strategies, and to establish as well as maintain strong AP programs at their schools.
The summer sessions also offer the Beginning Teacher Academy for teachers with zero, one, two or three years of experience. The academy assists new educators to establish sound professional practices that will lead to a career of classroom success.
Mentor teachers are also supported through the Mentor Program, with two- or four-day sessions. This professional development helps mentor teachers support new educators as they transition into their roles as classroom teachers. …