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Online Learning Community SEEDConMA Launched by, for Teachers

 The first session in the series is titled “The Personal Narrative: The Writers' Workshop.” High School ELA teacher Shannon Flaherty was the first teacher to present in the series. Her pre-recorded video is still available on SEEDConMA’s social media sites. It originally aired on October 29, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

 SEEDConMA plans to air several video presentations created by teachers on a variety of topics throughout the year using this model. SEEDConMA will announce the dates and time of each professional development presentation on its social media channels. All topics are relevant to k-12 teachers, with the exception of Ms. Flaherty’s session, which specifically addressed college essay writing.

 “We hope this will be an interesting and realistic vehicle for creating open collaboration with other educators,” GLCPS Dean of Students Michael Giroux explained, “a vehicle by which area educators connect and share best practices.”

 Once a video is aired, educators will continue to have access to it on SEEDConMA’s social media sites. Teachers will also be able to add comments and questions at any time. 

 Education professionals want to hear about different teaching methods, acquire useful tools, and improve their skills but finding the time to do so can be a real challenge, Giroux said.

 “This way, teachers can access the information and share ideas on social media when it works for them,” Giroux said.

 In the Spring, SEEDConMA will host a culminating event, called Table Talks. Each topic in the series will be featured at its own ‘station’ or table.  Teachers who participated in any or all of the series will be invited to share materials, activities, and their ideas with each other.

 “They’ll be able to go from one table to the next, depending on their own areas of interest, to participate in what’s being shared on each topic,” said Giroux.  

The GLCPS organizers of the virtual professional development program hope to expand this method of collaborative professional development by inviting other teachers from area schools to share their best practices through SEEDConMA.

 “Teaching professionals in schools throughout our own community are doing awesome work,” said Giroux. “Through SEEDConMA, we can build a connection to one another and share what’s working for our students.”

 Teachers throughout the area are invited to connect to any or all of the SEEDConMA’s social media sites listed below:

The SEEDConMA series topics include:

  • The Personal Narrative - A Writers’ Workshop (October 29, 2019)
  • Global Learning (November 26, 2019)
  • The Holocaust Museum (December 17, 2019)
  • Throwing the Textbook Out the Window (January 14th)
  • Enhancing Community Field Studies through Business Partnerships (January 28, 2020)
  • Financial Budgeting Project (February 25, 2020)

For more information about SEEDConMA, please email at SEEDConMA@glcps.org or message on the above social media accounts.