Literacy Cooperative launches Teacher’s Academy at JCU
The Literacy Cooperative launched a new professional development program, Teacher’s Academy, at John Carroll University’s D.J. Lombardo Student Center on Nov. 1.
This year’s program, titled "Highlighting Creativity and Results in Urban Education," targets first- and second-grade teachers in Cleveland’s 16 first-ring suburban districts. Educators met for a full day of workshops, speakers and cross-district networking. The program featured presentations from seven area teachers, who shared their classroom strategies, led hands-on simulation sessions and provided opportunities for their peers to develop resources and tools that can be implemented in the classroom.
Facilitated by Jim Connell, former superintendent of the Berea schools and professor at Ursuline College, Teacher’s Academy also included a discussion by a panel of professors from area colleges and universities.
Participants and presenters received certificates for their participation, which can be used toward their professional development requirements. Graduate workshop credit is also available through John Carroll University.
Teacher’s Academy was designed to identify outstanding teaching and instructional innovation in Cleveland-area schools that serve economically disadvantaged students. By identifying, recognizing and providing opportunities for educators to share their creative strategies with their peers, Literacy Cooperative hopes to share these practices more broadly, inspire other educators and contribute to teacher effectiveness. It is part of the Literacy Cooperative’s Capacity-Building Initiatives.
Katherine Bulava is president of Hatha Communications. The Literacy Cooperative is a client.