Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Distinguished 4 EE4NJ & Beyond"

I am proud to announce a great pd experience coming September 2012 for teachers 

Caution - This is a sales pitch - I want you to sign up for my upcoming PD series... Stop reading if you are not interested in high quality, low cost, professional development certain to ensure you are recognized for your excellence under the EE4NJ Era & Beyond...no, really stop reading...I am about to try to sell you on my training series.....well, ok if you insist on reading this....keep going.....after this brief disclaimer:

I can't stand presentations that are "one hit wonders"! They leave the participant momentarily energized, but then 'hung-over' the next day as they try to figure out exactly what was it the presenter said I should implement...Therefore, the EE4NJ & Beyond is unlike any of those yuckified experiences - if you complete this series you will leave with multiple "take-aways" and a concrete action plan that is tailored to guaranteeing you (and more importantly) your students succeed. 

You will become "Super Distinguished Awesome Teacher" 
cape and superhero costume not included with purchase.

Once Upon a Time

I was engaged in a discussion about all things education with one of the good people at the EIRC (South), Mark Stanwood. We started to conceptualize an experience for the great teachers... those who will surely want to be identified as distinguished under the newest framework released by the NJDOE. We pondered, "wouldn't it be great if we could develop an experience tailored primarily for those teachers who demand excellence"...like all great things, they usually come from a conversation like this.

I am really-really-really excited about the program that was born out of this dialogue.  My hope is that you will be too. While we are still working on the dates for September of 2012 (for the one-day  session) and continued dates for the full series (we are trying not to interfere with testing, holidays etc...) I wanted to get this out now. As a teacher, you are likely limited to how many professional development experiences you can chose - and the earlier notice the better. So, if you want a great experience at a fraction of the cost (because I am partnering with EIRC we can keep the costs down) start talking to your principal now. If this appeals to you, it is obvious that you should be rated "Distinguished" under the future teacher evaluation models aligned with EE4NJ - sign up for this course to get an edge. We will be holding sessions in the North, Central, and Southern Regions of NJ for your convenience. I am so excited about this chance to meet and work with the talented educators in our great state. I respect that you can chose to get your professional development from multiple sources, which is why I worked to the extreme to account for every detail of this experience. You will not walk away disappointed!


We will dismantle the EE4NJ model so you can see exactly what the DOE was thinking when they created it, and from there, you and I will tailor your plan to achieve excellence. Experience the latest instructional tools (including technology that works) as well as the old standards which simply can't be replaced. Learn what your leaders will be looking for and actually go far beyond them by becoming fluent in things like Six Sigma, Systems Thinking...YOU will thrive in this ACCOUNTABILITY ERA in ways you never thought possible. Oh, and we will have fun! Not like a few bad jokes by the presenter fun, (you will endure those too) but I am talking about high level enjoyment that comes from working with like minded driven educators who want what you want - EXCELLENCE, nothing short will do. Generational Sensitive Presenter on board, don't worry if you are a Millennial or from the GI generation...we will learn what each is all about so that we can all enjoy our experience.

Imagine hitting next school year with a detailed action plan that ensures your students will achieve your learning objectives and your principal will easily be able to acknowledge your efforts as - "Distinguished".

One of the many awesome Google Chrome tools that is out there for teachers (and yes they even let superintendents use them) is "Present.me". Below, just for fun, I recorded a very short presentation (took less than 5 minutes start to finish) using that tool to give you an overview of the course. Feel free to watch it at the link below

EE4NJ & Beyond

As a teacher, you could pre-record your anticipatory sets for the week for your students who are anxious to see what you have planned next. Present.me and others allows you to put your creative touch on the Common Core. Maybe you like music, add music, art, upload your work, bottom line - meet the students at their digital level and the rest, is well, simple.

"I hope you can get your district to support you in signing up for this experience. As a superintendent, any teacher who completes this course would be easy to hire!"

Dr. G

PS- Don't just take my word, ask around... I have run this program by Principals, Superintendents, District Administrators alike before feeling that it reached the level of excellence I would want if I were a teacher signing up for a course or a leader approving one for one of my teachers.