While so much went on at CUE 2010 in Palm Springs this weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts and information while it is fresh in my mind. And based on my sinus infections things could go stale very quickly! :)
First off it was just amazing that our District was able to send 17 teachers to the conference funded by our EETT C grant. It was not originally planned, but with staff development funding in the grant available, we were able to get it approved. Fourteen of the seventeen teachers were first time attendees and I could see the happy faces on Friday night when when we all met up and I asked, "What was the best thing you saw today?" For many of the teachers it was difficult to find one thing as their best. The excitement was abuzz and they were ready to tackle Saturday with enthusiasm. We got some of them using Twitter and "tweets" were flying back and forth as they days progressed with information about sessions.
Over the next two weeks these teachers will be sharing their experiences and what they have learned at our last staff development day of the grant for this year. I'm sure they will bring that same enthusiasm back to our training days. Their move from trainee to trainer has now become complete for many of them. This sharing will be posted in our SWATTEC wiki as the training week progresses and teachers will have access to it when they want to go back and look for a resource. It's always been important to have a place to put all our resources for teachers to have easy access. Over time this will be even more refined and organized so it is easier to use.
I'd like to give props to our vendors who have been so supportive to our teachers. They were so excited to see the teachers come by and say hello while the teachers were visiting the exhibit hall. I've heard that they have actually been spreading the news about our SWATTEC program.
For many of the 55 teachers in our program, the infusion of all the new technology over the last 2 years has been an uphill struggle, but they have worked very hard to implement the programs and use the new hardware to improve their student achievement. If the results from last year continue through this year, which I'm sure they will, they have met and exceeded any expectations. They should be very proud of themselves. So many props to our classroom teachers.
Providing quality staff development experiences like CUE is something all teachers should have the opportunity to participate in at least every couple of years.
Posted by Arlene Anderson @ SWATTEC |