Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

CH-UH Educators Become Students for Professional Development Day

Administrative assistants attended a full-day training with the Cleveland Clinic Office of Patient Experience.

Feb. 14, 2017 – While CH-UH students enjoyed a Friday off last week, District staff members were still in the classroom that day. However, the majority of educators were in the student desks learning from vendors and colleagues about various topics during one of the most ambitious Professional Development days CH-UH has ever embarked upon.

The District’s Educational Service team, led by Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gould, hosted a conference-style event with more than 50 different topics during each of the four sessions. Teachers, administrators and classified staff were able to choose which sessions they wanted to attend throughout the day.

The theme for the day was “Building to New Heights: Fostering Community, Culture, Collaboration, and Creativity”.

Some of the session topics included:

  • All administrative assistants in the District enjoyed a full-day of customer service training with the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Patient Experience.
  • Many staff members became certified in CPR/AED as CH-UH strives to ensure that every District employee is certified this year.
  • The District’s Equity Task Force, led by Director of Principal Leadership Sandy Womack, hosted a few different sessions on race and stereotypes in which attendees packed the classroom.
  • Christy Bauer, the District’s Program Specialist for Instructional Technology, hosted wildly popular sessions on various Google features.
  • Each of the instructional specialists presented on topics within their core academic area: Karen Bauer-Blazer in social studies, Karen Heinsbergen in ELA, Julie Raffay in science and Fred Thomas in math.
  • Vendors from various curriculum providers were on hand to provide in-depth training and refreshers for content area teachers.
  • Other topics included data and assessment, grant funding, logic models, social media, special education, technology and wellness.

In addition to the approximately 500 staffers who were at Wiley for the conference sessions, a number of groups held all-day sessions off site, including CTE teachers and gifted teachers.

Canterbury Elementary hosted its own full day workshop called “Boys in Crisis: Why it Matters and What You Can Do About It”. The workshop focused on the “why” behind male behavior in schools.

The District has one more Professional Development Day scheduled for this academic year, a half-day session on March 3.

Christy Bauer presents on Google Drive

Christy Bauer, Program Specialist for Instructional Technology, shows teachers the best practices in organizing their Google Drives.

Julie Raffay presents on the science of sound

Julie Raffay, Instructional Specialist for Science, presented on the science of sound.

Lisa Hunt and the Equity Task Force

Lisa Hunt, a member of the District's Equity Task Force, talks about race and stereotypes.

Melissa Garcar presents on IB

Melissa Garcar, IB Coordinator, works with teachers on IB topics.

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