2018-09-06 / Front Page

Central And Southern Fulton School Districts Brainstorm

At day-long conference last week
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Central Fulton and Southen Fulton teachers gather at the Holiday Inn in Breezewood on Aug. 27 to partake in an Edcamp brainstorming session. The day allowed for teachers to discuss issues, explore fresh ideas, and share support. Central Fulton and Southen Fulton teachers gather at the Holiday Inn in Breezewood on Aug. 27 to partake in an Edcamp brainstorming session. The day allowed for teachers to discuss issues, explore fresh ideas, and share support. Teachers and staff of Central Fulton School District, Southern Fulton School District, and the Fulton County AVTS teamed up last Monday at the Holiday Inn in Breezewood for a daylong ‘Ed Camp’ brainstorming conference with one goal in mind: to be better. For their students, for their school, and for themselves. Edcamp is a movement that encourages building and supporting communities of empowered teachers. The idea to use this model was hatched by superintendents Dr. Tara Will (SFSD) and Michelle Hall (CFSD).

The day started at 8:50 a.m. with a large group activity focused on team building. Afterwards, attendees were split into brainstorming sessions to share ideas, exchange opinions, and trade success stories on teaching. Teachers were given the opportunity to pick their topics and ended up with 34 sessions to attend. These ranged from music and art integration, writing in math, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Steam projects, Google classroom, student diversity, student motivation, counseling, and behavioral management. By the end of the day, the conference was abuzz with excitement.

At the end of the session everyone was asked to participate in a survey. One hundred percent of respondents (153 teachers and aides) wanted to have the districts collaborate again, and 98.7 percent wanted to do another professional learning day using the Ed Camp model.

“It has been great to meet and collaborate with fellow teachers we don’t normally get to see. It allows us to get fresh perspective on teaching,” said a junior high English teacher at Central Fulton during the conference.

“The biggest and best thing is how much knowledge we have in this room right now. We have math teachers that know a lot about writing, we have history teachers who know a lot about music, and we should all really share like this with each other more,” said Dayton Tweedy, Central Fulton teacher.

“We all know we can’t control what happens at home, but we are their family when they are in school. And conferences, brainstorms like this, help us to be better at that,” said Joe Hollenshead, Southern Fulton teacher.

“This was the BEST in-service I have attended in my 17 years of teaching,” one teacher shared at the podium during the wind down of the conference.

“One of the best professional days I have attended and hope to do another,” another praised.

“I think this was a great in-service where everyone should have come out of it empowered, positive, and ready to reach kids by teaching them, personally.”

Another teacher commented, “The technology I learned about today was fascinating, I’m looking forward to trying Quizlet!”

Forbes Road School District was invited to attend but declined for unspecified reasons.

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