TOMBALL - Learning continued for Tomball ISD as its District Collaborative event welcomed in presenters and speakers from around the state and country, presenting in over 200 sessions throughout the day on Wednesday at Tomball Memorial High School.
The morning kicked off with the district’s keynote speaker in Ernest Morrell, Ph.D., the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame.
He was most recently the Macy professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Morrell spoke to Tomball ISD on “Creating Powerful Readers and Writers in 21st Century Classrooms.”
Along with his recognized educational background, Dr. Morrell also was honored as one of the top 100 university-based education scholars in the 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking. As an award-winning published author, a class of 2014 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and the Past- President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), he brought his expertise in Assessment, Writing & Research, Student Engagement, Collaborative Learning.
Throughout the day, educators collaborated on a variety of topics specifically to learning. They were able to gain insight on innovative ways to approach the classroom and how to collectively continue to educate children at the highest level possible.
“Tomball ISD is a learning organization,” Nefertari Mundy, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives said. We pride ourselves on learning and growing together as professionals in order to better our craft and serve students at a higher level. The excitement and enthusiasm in the air was palpable!”
Educators across the district, representing 20 campuses, were able to experience learning in a variety of ways. Sessions covered all curriculum and programs with math escape rooms to science labs and social media training to fine arts, integrating technology into learning and how to develop powerful readers and writers.
The sessions challenged Tomball ISD educators and allowed for deeper thinking, while providing them with a more in depth look into innovative ways of teaching and learning.
“Our hope is that educators left our District Collaborative energized and inspired by the learning that took place. Further, it is our desire that their classroom practices are impacted in a way that will lead to better results for the students in Tomball ISD,” Mundy said.
Tomball’s Career & Technology Education (CTE) programs were one of many benefitting from the professional learning experience, designed to focus on specific ways to support students who are interested in those who want to gain real-world experience through rigorous curriculum.
“Professional Development is important for CTE as we lead into a new year,” Jessica Ozuna, Director of CTE said. “Our teachers had the opportunity to travel to various conferences over the summer to stay up-to-date on their specific industry. This opportunity allows them to share that information with one another as well as to refresh themselves with the curriculum and collaborate on how to hit the ground running this new year.”
The District Collaborative was also supported heavily by local businesses during the vendor fair. Educators taking part in the day’s event were able to learn more about the Tomball community and witness the support the community has on Tomball ISD. Vendors represented all facets of business including banks, real estate companies, technology, apparel and retail.
“As one of the highest achieving districts in the Greater Houston area, we don’t have any trouble finding community partners,” Mundy said. “We are appreciative of their support and understand the symbiotic nature of our relationship. A high performing school district is advantageous for all!”
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