Sept. 1, 2020-- Today begins a three-day series of professional development for Toms River Regional Schools teachers and staff members as the district prepares to enter 2020-2021 utilizing an enhanced virtual learning model of instruction for students.
Which just so happens to be the theme of this year's PD. The vast majority of sessions-- in which staff are participating virtually via their classrooms and offices-- are geared toward implementing enhanced virtual learning. Utilizing tech resources like Google Classroom and Google Meet, ramping up student engagement, tools to verify student comprehension, and establishing strong teacher-student relationships are just a few of the dozens of discussions being led by trained professionals-- from TRRS staff to partners like the NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education and many others-- throughout the week. Sessions geared specifically toward special education staff members-- who will welcome students back for limited in-person instruction-- include executive functioning, creating behavior plans to assist parents at home, and deescalation techniques.
District leaders will be hosting sessions and also visiting schools over the course of the three-day PD, and we'll be updating this gallery to highlight what's being done and what's being learned.