FISD symposium planned to inspire teachers

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Teachers in Friendswood ISD have a special FISD Symposium created just for them Aug. 10 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Friendswood Junior High. Attendance is optional but offers teachers comp hours as well as professional growth hours and GT credits for selected sessions.

The purpose of the one-day event is to provide inspiration and practical classroom application of integrating engaging instruction, according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Lynn Hobratschk.

Breakout sessions will be offered by both FISD staff as well as Google Education Trainers.

“Teachers training and learning from other teachers is a very effective professional growth strategy. We have many of FISD’s master teachers sharing their knowledge with others,” Hobratschk said.

The sessions are two hours and will provide instruction and time to learn and apply new tools for classroom usage.

Some sessions include Seesaw Your Way to Student Voice and Choice using user-friendly app Seesaw, Get Your Class to Buzz About Books using a safe social networking tool with reading, Canvas in the Secondary Classroom with the district’s new purchase of Canvas, a learning Management System (LMS), and Google Tips, Tricks & Q&A, to name a few.

Participants will also have an opportunity to watch a special screening of “Most Likely to Succeed,” a film about the past and future of schools. The film encourages school communities to re-imagine what teachers and students are capable of doing using purpose and possibility.

“FISD wants to prepare students for their future. “Most Likely to Succeed” is a documentary film on innovative teaching strategies that promote creative and critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity – skills that our students will need as they become the next generation of leaders,” Hobratschk said.

Those attending will bring their own technology device for hands-on experiences.

New teachers begin work Aug. 9 and will attend as part of their in-service. Returning staff go back to work Aug. 16 and the symposium is not mandatory but available to them.

“Teachers from across the district have the option of attending this to enhance their instructional/technology skills. We have about 150 teachers signed up to attend this year,” Hobratschk said. “Teachers have been provided with other staff development opportunities this summer as well.”

Story by Karolyn Gephart