During professional development, teachers become the students during Lakota Learning Days, which typically happen district-wide four times per year. Our curriculum department put the call out to teachers and staff members for not only session ideas, but volunteers to lead them. This resulted in over 100 teachers leading more than 75 separate sessions.
“People like having choices in their day,” said Keith Koehne, Executive Director of Curriculum. “The morning was designed to give teachers the chance to attend sessions that they are interested in. A common request we hear is that teachers need more time to collaborate and plan so the afternoon gave the teachers the opportunity to collaborate with one another on topics they are interested in.”
We are currently developing a personalized Lakota Learning Plan model so these days will be expanded to include building-level and teacher-level time.