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Professional Development, Going Strong

By: Webmaster|Date: Jan 17, 2017|Tags: School News

We hope that each of our PCA families enjoyed their day off to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are so many lessons from his life that should be shared with our children. While you were enjoying this day off, our staff was busy at work, getting better prepared to serve your families and our students. We want to share a bit of their day with you.

The morning opened with devotions and prayer. The preschool teachers and others soon launched into their objective for the day, which was CPR certification. Elementary teachers attended a NWEA/MAP training, where they learned to incorporate student test scores into classroom and individual goal setting. This allows for better differentiation of learning for each student.

Secondary teachers received training regarding the PCA Spiritual Leadership Program and their role in helping students to become servant-leaders. This training was taught by LaShun Franklin, M.A., LLP, who specializes in leadership training. Lashun also runs a private counseling practice, where she works with a variety of conditions. Mrs. Franklin is a master motivator, teacher, and purpose coach. She taught our secondary staff about the Gallup Strengths Assessment and a spiritual gifts assessment. The faculty members took the assessments themselves, to better understand the process and the results. These assessments are given to each incoming 8th grade student through the “Step-Up Program” at PCA. This data will give teachers and parents a more constructive and purposeful platform to help develop the leader in every student and as well as infuse a powerful level of purpose and confidence in each of them.

After lunch, the secondary teachers reviewed the “Writing Across the Curriculum” program and discussed ways to implement the program into all subject areas in order to improve our students’ ability to communicate clearly and effectively. All teachers were asked to read an academic vocabulary article, complete an online first aid course, and get their classrooms ready for Thursday’s Open House.

Finally, the day ended with a Heart Safe School Drill. PCA is partnering with Beaumont Hospital and the Student Heart Check Program to become a “Heart Safe School”. Last week our teachers received A.E.D. training from Jennifer Shea, Manager with the Student Heart Check Program. This training, along with an inspection of PCA’s AEDs, suggestions for improved AED signage, and an unannounced cardiac emergency drill, are the keys to becoming a certified school. We have passed all elements and are now awaiting the official certification as a Heart Safe School.

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