Vallejo Teachers back to school this week!

School may start back Monday August 20th for Vallejo students, but their teachers have been working hard all summer in order to best serve the students they teach.

Vallejo Teachers will be returning to work this week, starting with optional staff development days beginning tomorrow. However, for many teachers, the summer break meant an opportunity for them to become better at their craft. Teachers took a variety of professional development courses, including learning about the Common Core. While contractually Vallejo teachers only have one paid day of prepping their classrooms, most have been working the past few weeks in getting their classrooms ready for their students.

Katie V., a teacher at Cooper Elementary enjoyed her professional development opportunities which included training in Math as well as taking the “Emerging Leaders” track at CTA’s Summer Institute. Other teachers took part in “Positive Behavior, Interventions and Support” (PBIS) and “Guided Language Acquisition Design” (GLAD) trainings, such as teacher Kevin S. at Highland Elementary. Other teachers took trainings on Board Math, Differentiated Learning, Content Area Language and Literacy, such  as Jen Z. at Mare Island Physical Fitness Academy and Cheryl T at Vallejo High.

Other high school teachers, such as Scott H. and Rob R., participated in trainings that will help the District in its vision for Academy High Schools. Scott H., a teacher at Bethel, did a week long training at UC Davis’ History Project Technology Institute and Rob R., a teacher at VHS, participated in his school sites’ Engineering Academy Project.

As noted on this website, Vallejo teachers also attended several events this past summer in order to strengthen their union, which helps them to become better advocates for their students and their colleagues.

Teachers also worked this past summer developing new lesson plans or tweaking their lesson plans to make them better for the upcoming school year. While there is the misconception that teachers do not work during the summer months, many of Vallejo’s teachers would state that this is unequivocally not true for them.

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    • Marneé on August 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for recognizing our dedication to our students!

    • Katie on August 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    And sadly…I know teachers at my site and others who attended a lot more trainings than the ones listed! One awesome teacher went to a GLAD training in Richmond all on her own 🙂 Thats what people need to know. Yes its our time to pull our thoughts together, but its also about becoming better at our profession!

    • Nancy on August 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    So true! This is what we do every year to be better teachers and to be able to offer the best education possible for all of our students. Vallejo teachers are a dedicated group.

    • Sheila on August 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I attended a 2 day class on Differentiated Instruction and a 1 day class on the new Common Core Standards. I spent 2 days at the District’s Leadership Training and will attend both District Buyback Days. So far I’ve spent about 40 hours getting my classroom ready for the new year!

    • Betty on August 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I attended a one day training on the new English Language Development curriculum – in addition to a professional growth course via computer.

    • Danielle Brever on August 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This summer I was able to attend a three day training through NCSM on Math Leadership and the Common Core. I am excited to present to my colleagues at our buy back days this week!

    • JoAnna Chocooj on August 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Board Math 2 days, ELD Treasures 1 day, 2 PAR days, 1 site planning day, 5 days in my classroom… Still trying to figure out what happened to my summer vacation!

    • Loree on August 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Laurie Cubbison, Teri Corcorin and I attended a 3 day Transitional Kindergarten Conference in Fresno. I also attended the District Leadership Training and will attend the Buy-Back days.

    • Dave on August 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Spent part of the summer working on changes to Loma Vista as well as CTA training.

    • Julie Nicholson on August 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I attended 4 days of district Leadership meetings, 2 days on differentiated instruction, a class on Using Primary Sources from UC Davis History Project and I’m completing an online course through USD called Effective Strategies to Improve Student Writing. As I’m a teacher at Mare Island Health & Fitness Academy, I also wanted more training on fitness, so I studied and attended a 25+ hour workshop to become a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. No wonder the summer flew by!

    • Nicole on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    At Vallejo Charter School, our staff typically has two days of Expeditionary Learning professional development in June, and another two days in August. In addition, our teachers create our school’s social studies and science curricula, so we spend many, many unpaid hours during the summer working on curriculum development. Many of our grade level teams also meet on their own time during the summer to plan and prep.

      • Sue Levy on August 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Nicole,

      I hope you and your colleagues have applied for Professional Growth units for all the hard work you are doing for your site on your own time! Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

    • Alice Ira on August 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I spent 1.5 days on a Board Math training/planning, along with a 2 day class on Differentiated Instruction. Last week, I went to a Common Core training for 1 day.

    • Alpha on August 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I spent precious hours with two preK children, who didn’t know how to hold a pencil, reading to them, teaching them to read and count, and be prepared for KIndergarten. .More precious hours were spent tutoring a sixth grader and a second grader. We read The Pearl and used comprehension strategies for analyzing novels. In addition, I earned a certificate for an online classon pedagogy. As well as attended two district collaboration meetings.

    • Beth Traub on August 13, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I attended a week long training for programming (for engineering and robotics), 12 day long training for new engineering academy curriculum, 3 days of academy training at the DO, and about a week and a half between those events at my school site revamping my algebra 2 assignments / assessments/etc. Plus a bunch of time at home refreshing my brain with ap stats coursework and the design course I’ll be teaching for the first time.
    Tomorrow I will be at the buyback day to say hi, but off to the SCOE CTE office to work on common core math standards alignment with CTE standards.

    • Cheryl Gewing on August 13, 2012 at 6:14 am

    We had two days of follow-up GLAD training at Highland and then two days of Step Up To Writing follow-up training that I attended! Good planning for fall, how to incorporate both in our fall lesson plans!

    • Linda Moreno on August 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I attended the 3 day Common Core Math Leadership conference in Santa Rosa, worked in my classroom 1 day, plan to attend both Buy Back days.

    • Janie Vranicar-Lewis on August 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I attended the Leadership Institute as part of my role on my site Leadership Design Team. I also went to the Common Core training and the upper grades ELD training. A day on-site planning our PAR days and I will be a presenter to our site staff on August 14 and 15.

    • BJ on August 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thank you ! It’s feels great to be acknowledged for all that we do! This summer I spent countless hours on the internet reading about other teachers, schools and programs, looking for ways to improve and/or enhance my students’ learning experience. I downloaded numerous teaching materials and purchased new items. I began cleaning and organizing my classroom since 8/6 and have been there except for ELD training. I will continue to be there each day except for buy-back days and mandatory meetings.

    • Marie on August 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Spent countless hours updating and modifying material both teacher created and downloads. Spent way too much money on classroom supplies ie pencils, erasers, rewards, teacher resources. Attended one day workshop on Common Core. Worked in my new classroom 4 days.

    • Francine Malone on August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I worked 8 PD Days in June- 2 Days Board Math, 2 Days GLAD, 1 Day Positive Behavior, 1 Day Step Up To Writing, 2 Days Common Core Standards for Math K-2. I also worked a few extra days in my classroom after school got out in June. Plan to attend both Buy Back days Aug. 14 & 15.

    Thank you for recognizing that teachers never stop learning and developing their own knowledge and skills to be better at their craft..

    • Kim on August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    A 2 day training in June and common core in August.

    • Andy on August 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I attended the 4-day literacy workshop (CALL) the District offered. Now I’m working in my classroom instead of attending the BuyBack day today. Boy, summer sure goes fast, doesn’t it?

    1. Indeed it does, Andy! thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Taira on August 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I spent countless hours online researching the new common core standards and attended Common core workshop. I’ve been preparing my materials for the upcoming year and spending time in my classroom. Also collaborated with other teachers over the summer to get new ideas!

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