April 2015 Newsletter
Welcome to the Professional Development Center for Educators
PDCE’s experienced staff provides professional development services customized to meet the needs of participating schools and districts.
Using the RAN Strategy to teach informational text
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts increases the amount of time students will need to spend reading and exploring nonfiction/information texts. During the school day, teachers are expected to develop lesson plans using both information texts and literature. To meet these new requirements, teachers are continually searching for strategies that provide meaningful and engaging methods to use information texts. The RAN strategy (Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction) developed by Tony Stead adapts the very popular and often-used strategy of KWL (Know, Want to Know, Learned) charts. Read more…
Teachers Teaching Teachers Mathematics
This month we highlight PDCE’s partnership with William Penn High School in the Colonial School District. Using a professional development (PD) model called “Teachers Teaching Teachers,” PDCE collaborated with their mathematics department to provide in-class and departmental support for teachers in regular and special education classrooms. At the start of the school year, Crystal Lancour, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, K-12 mathematics, met with Faith Muirhead, associate director for mathematics at PDCE, to discuss the teaching and learning needs at the high school. Read more…
Orthopaedics in Action
An interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Engineering have developed unique curriculum kits, called Orthopaedics in Action (OIA), that teach science, mathematics and engineering concepts through medical experiments. OIA was created to bridge the gap between engineering and biomedical sciences in high school and middle school classrooms, and to increase student exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum across the country. Amy Trauth-Nare, PDCE associate director for science education and Jenni Buckley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering collaborated on this project. Follow this story in UDaily and in The News Journal.
June 15-18 and June 29-30, 2015 –Teaching Nonfiction Writing with Style – Delaware Writing Project Summer Institute for teachers of grades K-12. This institute will explore how to incorporate the Common Core State Standards’ focus on nonfiction writing into instruction without sacrificing style. More information …
Summer Camps for Children
To enhance children’s reading and writing skills, PDCE offers four summer camps for children K-12.
- Elementary Science Writing Camp (K-3)
- Elementary and Middle School Digital Storywriting Camp (Grades 4-8)
- High School Writing Camp (Grades 9-12)
- Exploring Social Issues Through Writing (Grades 6-12)