As teachers with Lincoln Public Schools put the finishing touches on their lesson plans for a new school year, many of them will draw on lessons they learned during the summer.
Thousands of LPS educators registered for more than 50,000 hours of professional development courses and summer learning sessions this summer.
LPS Superintendent Steve Joel said such a time commitment is a far cry from when he was teaching in the 1970s. Joel talked about this change when he addressed more than 700 educators from LPS and across the state at the second annual Supporting Positive Behavior Conference, sponsored by LPS and held June 13 at Lincoln Southwest High School.
“Back in the good old days,” he said jokingly, “we got out of school on a Thursday, we were out of there by Sunday and we didn’t come back until two or three days before the kids arrived.”
But, he went on to say, “The truth is, you’re here because you’re professionals. You’re here because student behavior is very important in the work you do. You’re here because you care.”
Here are just a few examples of the many professional development opportunities offered to LPS teachers and staff this summer:
Sarah Salem, LPS director of continuous improvement and professional learning, said opportunities such as these highlight more than the district’s commitment to professional growth.
“It really says a lot about how our teachers and staff are dedicated to our students,” Salem said.
Published: August 2, 2018, Updated: August 2, 2018