Yes, you read correctly. What this means is that we are trying to get staff developers from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project to come and work with us at TAS next year. Click the link for a full explanation of what this could entail.
Ideally, we will get one K-2 person and one 3-5 senior staff developer to come for a week in the fall and a week in the spring next year. On the first visit, they will work with us on improving the quality of our Reading Workshops and on the second visit they will work with us on our Writing Workshops. If we can’t get them here for 2 weeks next year, we will try for one week in 2011-12 and for one week in 2012-13.
This is a golden opportunity for all of our faculty members to have PD of the quality that those who have gone to the summer institutes have received. So far we are in the pre-planning stages- trying to get dates to align between our school and the TCRWP people- but the important thing is that we have the support for this initiative all the way up the admin chain here at TAS.
As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And there is a will.
Incidentally, the TCRWP website has recently undergone a complete renovation. Check it out!