Greetings from the Long Island PD Resource Center (PDRC)

It’s Teacher Appreciation Month! That means it’s time to honor and celebrate the hardworking and dedicated educators who shape the future of our society. We are grateful for the passion and commitment that teachers bring to their classrooms every day, especially in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past few years.

At the Long Island Professional Development Resource Center, we recognize the importance of supporting teachers in growing their skills, abilities, techniques, and, ultimately, their careers.We know you are at the heart of student success, and we’re committed to providing high-quality training and resources to help teachers thrive in their roles.  Be sure to check out the Tech Update and read about how you can have students create podcasts to tie in the content areas and make cross-curricular connections. You don’t want to miss it!

To all the teachers out there: thank you for your hard work, your passion, and your unwavering dedication to your students. We appreciate you, today and every day. 

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Upcoming Workshops

Virtual Storytelling

May 4 @ 4pm-5pm Do you want to learn how to captivate your students’ attention and ignite their imaginations using virtual storytelling? In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage the power of digital technology to bring stories to life in a way that your students have never experienced before. You will be guided through the process of creating compelling digital stories, using a range of multimedia tools and techniques. Take your students on a virtual storytelling journey that will leave them excited, inspired, and eager to learn more.

The Science of Reading

May 11, 18, and 25 @ 4pm-5:15pm This workshop will explore the latest research on how the brain processes written language and how that can inform effective reading instruction. You’ll learn about the different components of reading, such as phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, and how each one contributes to skilled reading. We’ll also delve into the importance of early literacy experiences, the role of motivation and engagement in reading development, and how to support struggling reader. Get ready to develop tools to help your students unlock the power of reading. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your understanding of the science behind reading!

Gamifying Your Instruction

May 17 @ 4pm-5pm Games in the classroom lead to a wealth of opportunities for students and teachers to delve more deeply into meta cognitive conversations about learning. Games support not only strategic thinking with game play, they also support essential skill development such as humility, integrity as well as empathy. The skills that we desire in our students to help them be successful in school and their futures.

The New AP Precalculus: Info & Planning

Coming in June! Created for Principals, Math Dept. Chairs, Precalculus Teachers, and other Leaders, we’ll cover the following questions:

  1. Why is AP Precalculus being offered starting in 2023-2024?
  2. What is the content of AP Precalculus? How does it compare to traditional Precalculus courses?
  3. What resources and sample items already exist, and what’s coming later?
  4. What questions should we ask when planning?
  5. What’s the timeline for decisions and implementation?

Teachers Become Presenters

Coming in June! If you’re a teacher and you’ve had success with your class, we’d love to hear about it! This is your opportunity to present on a topic you are passionate about in order to help others. Please reach out to [email protected] for more details about being a presenter.

Community Spotlight

Long Island School for the Gifted is a Private School located in South Huntington, NY that wants to put a spotlight on their amazing teachers to show their appreciation. Congratulations to Dr. Aziz who recently defended her dissertation! Be sure to check out her podcast here: 

 The Long Island School for the Gifted also recently hosted a one-day symposium about connection with all gifted stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, and more!  The symposium focused on communication and collaboration on topics that are underserved.  There were panel sessions, parent gatherings, and student activities.