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Professional Development for the English Department and Grade 1 Homeroom Teachers

Professional learning is critical to providing an optimal educational and learning experience for all students. Consequently, the American School of Valencia has continued to develop a comprehensive professional development program for all ASV faculty and staff throughout the academic year, which begins in late August until the end of June during staff work week.  When faculty and staff grow and learn, so do our students. Below, you can read how some of our faculty and staff are continuing their education to effect positive and enduring learning for faculty, staff and students.

High School English Department

The High School English Department (picture on the left) continued their Curriculum Review process with Ms. Jenny Killion, an Instructional Coach from the American School of Barcelona,  as they continue to develop the Workshop Model in Grades 6-12, an effective reading and writing model developed by Teachers College of Columbia University.  As teachers continue to refine each grade’s curriculum, this year they will pay special attention to using data collection to inform whole-class instruction and strategic small groups, along with the creation and use of progression charts as a tool for both teachers and students.

Curriculum Development for Grade 1 Teachers

The Grade 1 Teachers – Ms. Maggie, Ms. Andreina and Ms. Reyes (picture on the right) participated in a series of curriculum development sessions with Amanda Bird, Curriculum Coordinator, on refining their Reading and Writing Workshop daily lessons through the use of mentor texts (exemplar pieces that guide students in their own reading and writing work) and effective visuals.

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