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Year One Professional Staff Engage in SIOP Strategies

The February session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop had a change of scenery with our new staff members meeting at Stout Middle School this past week. This month’s topic was the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or SIOP.  Our EL Department trainers and coaches, led by Kellie Bugajski, Ameen Elder, Jeannine Oynoian and Nadra Shami spent the hour receiving a brief overview about the eight components embedded in SIOP. Participants were divided up into small groups to engage in Word Sorts, Structured Reading and Structured Conversation activities. The presenters modeled the various SIOP lessons and strategies with the hopes that our new staff could apply these ideas in their classrooms.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on March 20, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful mid-winter break with your families and friends! See you all in March!

Year One Professional Staff Examine Assessments

The January session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop was spent with our first year professional staff being introduced to the world of summative assessments. The high school staff, led by Dearborn High Coordinators, Christine Rosbury and Laurie Lintner, spent the hour examining the College Board website and the various resources and tools that are available to classroom teachers. Our new teachers also learned about the differences between SAT and PSAT and their subtests.

For our new elementary and middle school professional staff, Duvall principal Bob Attee, provided an engaging session on how to read and understand the information provided on NWEA reports. The participants were instructed on how the MAP and MPG student, class and grade level reports can increase their students’ achievements in the areas of Reading, Math, Language Usage and Science. The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on February 13, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be SIOP Strategies. Please note the session will meet at the Stout MS Team Room NOT at the ASC Boardroom.

The link for registration is available here: https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-year-one-siop-strategies/

Year One Professional Staff Explore Culturally Responsive Teaching

During our last Dearborn Teacher University PD session, our first year professional staff examined the critical topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. The EL Department trainers and coaches presented information and activities that introduced the staff to the challenges that our refugee students face on a daily basis. Time was spent in small group and whole group reflecting on how educators can best support our students that endure these hardships. In addition, an eye-opening discussion on students with poverty and how to develop empathy for these students was also addressed. Several teachers requested more information on this topic. Eric Jensen’s book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind is a wonderful resource to learn more on this subject. The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on January 16, 2018. The topic will be Assessment with two sessions available. High School Year One staff will meet at 2:45-4:00 for SAT/PSAT and our K-8 session will focus upon NWEA from 4:10-5:25.  Both workshops will meet in the board room at ASC. The link for registration is available here:

High School registration:  https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-assessments-satpsat/

K-8 registration: https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-assessments-nwea/

We hope you have a wonderful holiday break with your families and friends! See you all in 2018!

Year One Professional Staff dig into curriculum

Our first Dearborn Teacher University Year One PD session met in November. Participants spent time learning about our district curriculum, resources and pacing guides. Elementary professional staff examined resources available to them on DEC through a scavenger hunt and group discussion activity. The secondary professional participated in a carousel learning activity to identify how the curriculum and resources on DEC can assist them when planning their daily lessons and assessments. Our special education staff met with the coordinators from the Special Education Department to discuss specific job related content. It was a very productive session for all!

Busy month for our New Professional Staff

Greetings everyone!

We hope your first few months at school have been rewarding for you and your students. During the month of October our department met with over 600 new professional staff and their mentors. The mentor/mentee sessions focused on state and district obligations for our new staff and how the mentors can best support their new colleagues during the process. Staff were highly encouraged to visit the School Improvement blog for current information, updates, as well as copies of all three presentations ~ Year One, Two and Three. Our office is always available to answer any questions during the year to ensure that our new teachers have a successful school year.

Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming Dearborn Teacher University PD sessions throughout the year!

Reminder to ALL First and Second Year Teachers and their Mentors

Greetings Year 1 & 2 Teachers and Mentors!
It’s almost time for our second Mentor-Mentee meeting of the year. During this session, 1st and 2nd year teachers and their mentors will be participating in a collaborative activity using a teacher preparation article. We will also spend the second part of the meeting clarifying requirements and answering questions on any topic of your choice.
For this meeting, you will have the option to attend in-person OR to participate online. You and your mentor/mentee may select one of the following 3 settings to participate in this session (please select the same option as your mentor/mentee):
  • Log in to iLearn and complete this course (click the link to get started) by Feb. 9 at 5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 8 from 4:10-5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 9 from 4:10-5:25
Got questions about the second Mentor-Mentee Meeting? We’d love to hear from you! Reply to this email or visit the School Improvement Blog for more contact information.

Updates on Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities

Forms!! Who completes them and where to submit?

There have been several questions regarding the roles/responsibilities for our mentor teachers and their mentees in regards to forms and meeting times. Forms will not be uploaded into ilearn.  Please refer to page 9 of the Dearborn Teacher University Handbook for clarifications and revisions.    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1enOHHi4D9xwcQ1c3OiRlA4FFH-Lyw3CVkO2usCXE4IE/edit?usp=sharing

Updates include:

  • clarification on where and when forms need to be submitted
  • documentation responsibilities