The Special Focus for this blog comes from John Queen, one of NICERC’s Curriculum Development Specialists.
Over the past four years, NICERC has been providing Professional Development (PD) around the country to prepare and assist teachers in teaching our curricula. I enjoy being a part of these PDs because it gives us a chance to personally show those interested all of the cool projects we’ve created. Our curricula is written and designed to be interactive and engaging to the students. It serves to enhance their experience and keep them interested and hungry for more. It’s always a blast to be able to show the teachers at our PDs how fun and engaging our various curricula is during the brief time we get to share together. Inevitably, the time we spend walking through and showing off our curricula is short, but we do our best to make the most out of the time we’re given.
Most of the year, we travel around the country doing one, two, and three day workshops (for those that can manage that many days “off”), but our biggest impact “workshop” would have to be our Education Discovery Forum (EDF). I’ll just take this time to shamelessly plug our EDFs—we have two different ones this year! At our EDF, we get to spend much more time together and are able to go into much more detail with our curricula than we normally would at a typical PD workshop. If the EDF sounds like something that could be useful to you, or if you’ve been before and would like to check out some more of our other curricula, head over to www.nicerc.org/edf for more information.
In order to successfully lead our workshops, we are constantly making improvements. The best way we know to do that is by listening to the feedback of those attending our workshops and incorporating good practices we see or hear about from teachers. If you would like more information on Professional Development opportunities or the Education Discovery Forum visit our website at www.nicerc.org.