High school teams gather for professional learning

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Todd Nickelsen, talks with fine arts teachers in the JCCHS Black Box.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Todd Nickelsen, talks with fine arts teachers in the JCCHS Black Box.

Professional leadership across Jackson County today found a strong focus when teachers across all disciplines from both Jackson County Comprehensive High School and East Jackson Comprehensive High School gathered to discuss upcoming changes in the secondary instructional framework Feb. 14.

Teachers discussed planning strategies to engage their students, explore concepts, and explain and apply knowledge, working in groups defined by subject area.

“These techniques will look different between elective and required courses, between introductory and advanced classes,” said Todd Nickelsen, talking with fine arts teachers who gathered in the Black Box Theater under the leadership of JCCHS’s Emily Taylor and EJCHS’s Todd Chandler. Within that group, teachers agreed learning plans would look different within the fine arts department as well — whether for band, dance, theater, chorus or studio art.

That sentiment was echoed in sessions for other disciplines, as well — with discussions underway Friday in groups large and small for teachers of physical education, special education, science, social studies, English/language arts, math, modern/world languages, and CTAE (career, technical, and agricultural education). Engaging with their leaders and colleagues during professional learning today, teachers were continuing conversations that have been active for months. (Click here to see more photos on our district Facebook page.)

Students are beginning to learn more about new schedules as they begin to make plans for the coming year. Meetings are planned in the weeks ahead for parents and other interested stakeholders, school officials said.

Professional learning at the elementary and middle school levels also was scheduled today; schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.