Professional Development

As an international teacher, professional development opportunities involve workshops and continuous participation in the online community. My morning Feedly check-in often provides an idea that I incorporate that day or rolls around in my mind for future use.

A listing of actions to move my thinking along…

  • Math Specialist in International Schools (MSIS)Office of Overseas Schools AERO Project, Institute #3 – Spring 2016: Assessment – Analysis of Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom. The focus is on extending the ability to assess conceptual and procedural understanding using ongoing and cumulative assessment methods. Participants will examine current research related to assessment to direct and improve instructional practices, explore the way in which different assessment methods can be aligned with specific learning targets, develop skills in creating specific clarifying and probing questions, learn to distinguish between what students know and the way students show what they know and incorporate knowledge of students’ thinking into instructional planning.
  • Math Specialist in International Schools (MSIS)Office of Overseas Schools AERO Project, Institute #2 – Winter 2016: Algebra and Functions. The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Algebra and Functions progressions of the Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to the transition from arithmetic to algebra, working with quantitative change and the description of and prediction of change.
  • Math Specialist in International Schools (MSIS)Office of Overseas Schools AERO Project, Institute #1 – Fall 2015: Numbers and Operations. The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Numbers and Operations progressions of the Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to ways of representing numbers, relationships between numbers, number systems, the meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, and computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra.
  • Project-Based Learning 101, Buck Institute for Education (Fall 2014), How can project-based learning be used to improve student engagement and learning?
  • Adaptive Schools Thinking Collaborative, International School of Beijing (Fall 2014) How can groups of teachers work together in a collaborative nature to create positive learning environments for students?
  • Meeting the Needs of ELL Students in the Classroom, EARCOS workshop with Jon Nordmeyer (Fall 2012) – The vast majority of my students are somewhere along the ELL continuum. How can I be more deliberate in my teaching to meet the needs of my students?
  • Making Science Fun: K-8 Hands-On Science Experiments, The Heritage Institute (Fall 2012) – How can I incorporate new experiments into my classroom that actively engage students in inquiry, observation and reasoning?
  • SIOP Book Club, American School in Taichung (Spring / Fall 2012), What best practices can I incorporate into my teaching to accommodate the needs of ELL students?
  • 6+1 Traits Training, American School in Taichung (Fall 2010), How can common language be used to help students write across content areas?
  • Coyote Mentoring, Wilderness Awareness School (Summer 2009),How can I use the outdoors as a classroom to help students learn more about their natural environment and themselves while building confidence and outdoor skills?
  • Connected Mathematics ProjectPortland Public Schools (2009), How can mathematics instruction in the middle school be improved?
  • Oregon Writing ProjectLewis & Clark College (Summer Institute 2008), As a writing teacher across multiple content areas, how can I improve my ability to assist students in their writing.
  • Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE), University of Portland (Summer 2008) How can the geology of the Pacific Northwest better investigated by students?
  • Water Resource TopicsState University of New York via Portland Facilitators (2007), How can I deepen my understanding of the nature of water around me and the natural phenomenon that distributes water in our environments?
  • Realtime Ocean Studies, State University of New York via Portland Facilitators (2007), How can I use online data sources to help students gain a better understanding of the world’s oceans?
  • Courage to Teach, Lewis & Clark College (2006), How can a reflective practice help me grow as a teacher while creating balance in my life?
  • An Introduction to StorylinePortland State University (2005), What are ways to integrate multiple subjects through thematic curriculum?
  • Pacific Northwest Forest EducationPortland State University (2005), What resources do the forests of the Pacific Northwest hold to help students understand principles of ecology?
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