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Connecting with PreK: Intentional Staff Development Opportunities

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With a nudge from this year’s MN Pre3 Principal Leadership Series we have been looking at ways to more intentionally work with our preschool educators in our community.  On Wednesday, March 9th we will put this into action with our first preK/K collaborative staff development opportunity.

Goal: Create a PreK-K Literacy Workshop  

  • 1.1  Engage your learning community in understanding the importance of the early learning continuum and the transitions along it.   
  • 1.2  Set expectations that the continuum of learning from age three to grade three is fundamental to your school’s mission. 1.3 Expand the concept of ‘learning community’ to include collaboration among external, as well as internal, stakeholders. 
Step 1: Seek buy in from preschools and elementary sites
    • Ensure I have an accurate list of current PreK sites and Directors.
    • Find partner with workshop model (U of M PRESS) 

Step 2: Peer Observation Process

  • Set up dates that least involve sub coverage for grade level teachers to go and observe at a different level/site.
  • Develop walkthrough template relevant for literacy walkthroughs preK-1st grade

Step 3:  Workshop follow up We did this….now what?

For 2016-17:

  • Do we want to continue to offer PreK-1st grade trainings?
  • What are we doing with what we learned this year (parent workshops-parent education on what makes a child a reader in Austin?).
  • What will I change in my walkthroughs based upon this learning?

We are looking forward to our first partnership with local preschools and excited to learn alongside each other.

Continue to Dream BIG for our LITTLEST Learners,


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Jessica has been the Principal of the Woodson Kindergarten Center for the past four years.  Prior to that she was the Assistant Principal at the Middle School and Special Education Supervisor at the Secondary Level for the Austin Public Schools in Austin MN.  Prior to moving to Austin she worked within the Saint Paul Public Schools for seven years.  She received a Bachelors in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, a Masters Degree in Special Education from Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul MN, and her Director of Special Education and Principalship licenses from Hamline University.  


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