While MCPS students enjoyed another day off from school Monday following the district’s fall break, MCPS employees spent the day at various sites attending professional development workshops.
All of the district’s employees attended sessions on a variety of topics throughout the day including reviewing assessment data, best practices, understanding poverty, and team-building activities.
“I’m especially proud of the fact that in Marion County Public Schools, every staff member has the opportunity to learn and grow,” MCPS superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “This is a day of learning and improvement not only for classroom teachers, but everyone, including myself.”
Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome leads a session working with 1st grade teachers at Glasscock Elementary.
Schlosser attended and helped present during a “Understand Poverty” workshop at the Community Learning Center along with school counselors and Family Resource/Youth Service Center employees. At the high school, the MCHS staff cycled through a series of sessions in the morning before looking at test results in the afternoon.
District elementary school teachers and administrators along with elementary school instructional coaches and preschool staff worked at Glasscock Elementary; 8th and 9th graders teachers along with the secondary instructional coaches met at the Marion County Knight Academy; 6th and 7th grade teachers and administrators worked at Marion County Middle School; and the district’s instructional assistants were at Lebanon Elementary School.
Additionally, attendance clerks, secretaries, and bookkeepers worked at the central office, cafeteria staff met at the MCKA cafeteria, and bus drivers worked at the Area Technology Center.
“These days are incredibly valuable for our district,” Schlosser said. “We have a lot of people putting in a lot of work to make these days productive and worthwhile [...] Ultimately, days like today are a big part of what helps make Marion County Public Schools a successful district.”
MCPS employees watch a video as a part of the "Understanding Poverty" workshop.
And while a majority of the day’s activities were focused on professional development, the day also left time for some more light-hearted activities.
At the Marion County Knight Academy’s cafeteria, the district’s cafeteria staff finished the day with an inspiring dance competition, while the high school staff competed in a gauntlet of team-building activities to round out their day.
“We want this to be a district that isn’t just great to learn in as a student, but also a district that’s great to work in, as well,” Schlosser added. “I think today added to both of those goals.”
MCHS faculty members work through a team building activity.