For many Mason teachers, summertime means growing their expertise through professional learning opportunities. During the first week of August, the Mason Learning Series offered teachers the chance to hear world-class educational leaders, share ideas with their colleagues, and integrate innovative strategies into their teaching plans for the new school year.
Led by Innovative Learning Officer Jonathan Cooper with the assistance of teachers, technology staff and administrators across the district, over 300 teachers attended 26 different workshops. Attendees learned how to use Google classroom, engage students and parents through social media, and integrate technology devices and applications. Rick Wormeli, a nationally-recognized expert, inspired over 100 teachers with ideas for effective grading practices. Nearly 50 educators from Mason, through a partnership with the Butler County ESC, heard ideas for engaging communities and stakeholders into the work of schools from Jamie Vollmer, author of Schools Can’t Do It Alone.
Throughout the Mason Learning Series, educators used the #MCSLearningSeries to share insights with each other on Twitter.
"Where can you find Mason teachers during last days of summer vaca? Pool? Shopping? #MCSLearningSeries of course! Mason Teachers Rock!!" tweeted MHS teacher Debbie Gentene.
"Shout out to Rob Polca for a great Google Gmail and Calendar session. I learned a LOT! Thank you. #MCSLearningSeries" tweeted MHS teacher Arlene Borock-Balczo.
"Great 1:1 session with Mason 7th grade teachers! #MCSLearningSeries" tweeted technology coach Amy Hensely.
"Mason teachers are getting their virtual classrooms ready for the new school year with Google Classroom! #MCSLearningSeries" tweeted MI teacher Jim Vennemeyer.
"Thank you @rickwormeli2 for a reminder that F.A.I.L. Means first attempt in learning #MCSLearningSeries" tweeted Innovative Learning Officer Jonathan Cooper.
"Thanks @LittyMathai for great ideas today! Excited to set up my class fb group and follow some accounts you like! #MCSLearningSeries" tweeted MI teacher Amie Switzer.
During the August 11 school board meeting, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Heather Sass thanked Cooper for his efforts in creating the Mason Learning Series. "Our students and our community will directly benefit from what Mason educators learned. With world-class speakers engaging and challenging us, and our own Mason teachers and administrators presenting, [the Mason Learning Series] gave real fuel to the important work that is ahead. This week truly contributed to our capacity for “growing greatness together.”