Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

About 65 school-level Teachers of the Year were on hand for iTeach Greenville, the fall conference for Teacher Forum. They were given opportunities to learn more about the Graduation Plus initiative from Superintendent Burke Royster and to gain a better understanding of how to use technology in the classroom from Executive Director of Academic Innovation Jeff McCoy. Ansel Sanders, Associate Director of Public Education Partners, shared how his organization is working with teachers and the district to expand opportunities.

Kelly Nalley, Instructional Coach at Bell’s Crossing Elementary and Teacher Forum Liaison, helped organize the fall workshop. “I would like for the teachers to go back to their schools motivated to be an advocate for the profession, to reach beyond their classroom and school walls and see how community and business partnerships can help improve instruction, and ultimately, will benefit students,” she said.

Angie McCurley, a first grade teacher at Plain Elementary, discovered some great ideas for incorporating Graduation Plus into her classroom. “I loved Kelly Nalley’s idea that when we have career day, we explain to students that being part of a football team is much more than playing the game. They can have careers as physical therapists, sports reporters, athletic trainers, and coaches,” she said.

Thomas E. Kerns Elementary fifth grade teacher Anthony Esposito was excited to hear Executive Director of Academic Innovation Jeff McCoy discuss how to incorporate technology in the classroom. “My school is Title I and this year we began the 1-to-1 iPad initiative,” he said. “Jeff gave me some ideas of where we can go with that. It’s such a big initiative, but it becomes easier to understand when you have it laid out for you.”

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