Educators offered series of professional development courses



CUMMING, Ga. — Discovery Education, a standards-based digital content center for kindergarten through 12th grades, is hosting a series of free professional development events to support area educators grappling with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The courses will take place from Jan. 8 through Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Forsyth County Professional Development Center, 1120 Dahlonega Highway in Cumming.

Teachers and administrators will learn practical instructional strategies for using digital media and other educational technologies they can immediately implement supporting the integration of the Common Core State Standards into classroom instruction.

Led by an expert and thought leader in the world of education with decades of experience in professional development, the academies will cover:

• Leadership Strategies to Support Digital Literacy and the Common Core (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8): This session will offer practical leadership approaches for administrators that will help support teachers in their implementation of digital literacy instruction and assessment.

• Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math in a Digital World (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9): An exploration of the standards for mathematical practice and their successful implementation with assessment strategies, this session will support the development of mathematically proficient students.

• Literacy and the Common Core in a Digital World (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10): This session offers English/language arts (ELA) instruction and assessment strategies to support the development of digitally literate students to prepare them for college, careers and citizenship.

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