What’s New in Professional Learning at Colegio Bolivar?
After nineteen teachers graduated with a master’s degree from Western Carolina University last semester, we were ready for a new faculty group to start a similar program with classes in school again, but in Spanish, with a local university. We found the best option for us and an agreement was signed with Icesi University for a cohort of fifteen professionals to begin this journey back in August. It is hard to believe that they are finishing their first semester already! They are all really happy with the experience so far, feeling challenged by excellent professors, sharing views with colleagues in other sections, and establishing connections to improve their day-to-day classroom practices in order to maximize learning for all.
Professional Learning Events at Colegio Bolivar
On March 9 and 10, with the support of the Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools (ACCAS), Colegio Bolivar hosted an institute for administrators titled “Enhancing Student Learning through Assessment, LEADING THE WAY!” Ms. Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership, led this inspiring professional learning opportunity for seventeen participants, coming from six different ACCAS schools in Colombia, who enriched their repertoire of strategies to foster best assessment practices in their communities.
Since our las update, besides continuing with the Master’s program in Education for eighteen of our teachers through Western Carolina University, we have designed and put into a document Colegio Bolivar’s Comprehensive Professional Learning System which we will be sharing with all interested parties. In addition, we are closing the semester with the report from the different PLC teams which have been working hard, within different structures, in their professional development.
CB Institute 2016
On September 8 and 9, we hosted the CB Institute with the support of the Tri-Association (the Association of American Schools in Central America, Colombia-Caribbean, and Mexico). All of our educational staff participated as well as more than fifty attendees from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, and our sister schools in Colombia. This excellent professional learning opportunity was led by the international consultant Lee Ann Jung and the Academic Director at Universidad ICESI, José Hernando Bahamón. Dr. Jung and Dr. Bahamón addressed the topics of inclusion, differentiation, and effective assessment practices in plenary sessions and workshops that validated what we do at Bolivar and gave us more elements to work in these lines, within the context of our culture of continuous improvement. We hope to have more of these events that are in line with Goal 1 in our Strategic Plan which is to maintain high quality teachers.
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