Ongoing, high-quality professional development is a key component of any successful educational institution. Students benefit when teachers are presented with opportunities to learn new techniques, be inspired by creative lesson ideas, and collaborate with colleagues. The Fletcher School’s robust collection of professional development opportunities include a particularly unique and popular offering: Tech Tuesdays.
Launched and developed by Fletcher’s Technology Director, Jenny Grabiec, in 2013, Tech Tuesdays are one-hour weekly professional development sessions, allowing staff to sharpen their technology skills in completely customized ways. Offered in-house after school, Tech Tuesdays are optional, so teachers can sign up for topics which match their professional goals. Based on a universal staff understanding of SAMR and TPACK frameworks, Tech Tuesdays allow teachers to transform their learning environments with technology.
Like everything else we do, The Fletcher School’s professional development offerings reflect our mission:
The Fletcher School creates bright futures for students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders by offering a structured, individualized, college preparatory curriculum that prepares them to reach their full potential.
Our Tech Tuesday sessions provide teachers pathways to reach these goals, with sessions to support student learning.
- Orton-Gillingham and Technology
- iCan with iOS: Accessibility for iPad Users
- Personalize Learning with Mac and Chrome Accessibility
- Improving Executive Functioning with Tech Tools
- Using iPad to Enhance Multisensory Instruction
- Create your own Textbooks with iBooks Author
Teachers learn how to use a wide variety of apps and web tools to accomplish their goals, including iPad and MacBook apps and Google Apps for Education. Sessions offer engaging, trending ideas, including green screening, using QR codes and augmented reality. Each year, teachers are surveyed to obtain feedback on sessions, and gather ideas and suggestions. Fletcher’s EdTech team select topics which include the best current ideas and apps, so staff is always kept up to date. Since its inception in 2013, Tech Tuesdays have evolved to include many more Fletcher teachers leading the sessions, demonstrating their own research and learning. The format has also changed over time, improving the conversation between teachers and presenters.