Professional Development Opportunities

Piedmont’s Education Speaker Series Concludes its Third Season

The Piedmont Unified School District recognizes the importance of parent education programs in fostering a healthy learning environment for students and reducing student stress, both of which are key objectives of the District.  Now in it’s third year, Piedmont’s year-long Education Speaker Series features a mix of local and nationally-known speakers, addressing a range of…

Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas!

A total of 11 teachers from PHS, PMS, and tri-school, along with 4 administrators, attended the Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas in February.  Based on the work of differentiation expert, Carol Ann Tomlinson, presenter Cindy Strickland led 2 days of training that reinforced what many of us knew to be best practices in classroom differentiation but also…

Dan Meyer Speaks to Piedmont Teachers

by Karen Bloom, PMS Math Teacher On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 right after school, a large group of Piedmont teachers were learning from Dan Meyer, self described worker, learner, go-getter, writer, speaker. He was a high school math teacher and is now on a mission to change the traditional “go over homework, teacher lecture, examples…

Teachers Teaching Teachers: Staff Development Day on January 20th

On Tuesday, PUSD held the last of the 3 professional development days for the 2014-15 school year.  Some sessions were led by outside consultants, but many more were facilitated by PUSD teachers who shared new instructional practices with their colleagues that they learned from professional development workshops they attended outside the district this school year.  We would like…

K-12 Science Teachers Travel to Long Beach

Twenty-two teachers and administrators from PUSD traveled to Long Beach to attend the National Science Teachers Association regional conference on December 3-6.  In preparation for transitioning to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science teachers attended over 100 sessions to strengthen their science knowledge base and improve their instructional practices. The conference is timely as the 2014-15…

What’s a POM?

Problem of the Month (POM) The tri-school teaching staff attended a professional development session led by elementary specialists, Sarah Kingston and Jessica Roine, on Problem of the Month, an approach to providing differentiation for math problem-solving.  All students in kindergarten through fifth grade at all three elementary sites will be working on Level A of…

K-12 Math Teachers Unite

Elementary math specialists and secondary math teachers came together at the Professional Development day to learn several key math instructional practices presented by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).  These math practices, which include Problem of the Month, math talks, and a variety of assessments, given before, during, and after a math unit, are key…

Literacy Learning Abounds!

On October 13th, K-12 teachers participated in a full morning of professional development to support their Common Core Literacy instruction.  Cheryl Wozniak led teachers of all grade levels and content areas in a session that focused on three key literacy strategies: interactive read-aloud, shared reading, and close reading.  Teachers had an opportunity to hear an…

Teachers Prepare for Connected Learning

Teachers of fourth through twelfth graders worked on Monday October 13th to explore effective instructional practices with technology.  This was the second full day of training for teachers of 6th, 9th and 11th grade courses this year focused on a successful implementation of one-to-one chromebook devices in our Common Core Classrooms!  With Director of Instructional…