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Staff Summer Professional Development

On Thursday, August 22nd, the Lavallette School teaching staff participated in a full-day inservice to better prepare themselves for the upcoming school year. 


Susan Misdom, the school counselor, presented about the impact of teacher attendance, along with best practices for utilizing less sick days and maintaining overall health. At this time, Mr. Walls was recognized for having the best teacher attendance during the 2018-2019 school year! Susan Misdom also presented on social-emotional learning and the 5 core competencies to focus on with our students including self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.


Lindsey Knehr, the 4th grade teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator, instructed the staff on utilizing Genesis to post grades, lesson plans, curricular/standards coverage, professional development, instructional goals, and more.


Pat McDermitt, an adjunct professor at Ocean County College and former classroom teacher, instructed the staff on appropriate parent engagement and how to address conflict, making wise choice decision-making process, and building a positive rapport with parents. 


Finally, the day concluded with a presentation and activity hosted by Tara Lynn Bogota, a professor from Kean University. Tara informed the teaching staff of multiple ways to incorporate mindfulness in the classroom across all grade levels and concluded her presentation with a yoga demonstration that the staff participated in. 


Overall, the professional development day was a great success, very informative, and a wonderful way to bring the staff back together after the summer apart.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>