Planning Your Summer Professional Learning

Ah, sweet summertime!  A time for friends, a time for family.  A welcomed time for rejuvenation, reflection, and planning.  If you are like me, in that much needed order! 

As educators, we belong to a strong community of life-long learners committed to fostering a culture of growth; therefore, our summers are filled with not only the time spent with loved ones but also developing our own growth through reading, writing, attending conferences, and planning for a successful back-to-school launch.  If we’re lucky, we can enjoy some of this development outdoors with a cup of Joe or an ice-cold glass of lemonade! It does appear to be a hot one, so I do hope we are all staying refreshed.

My suggestions to plan your summer professional learning revolve around two nourishing stops along the way:  

  1. Rejuvenation
  2. Reflection and Planning

First Summer Stop: Rejuvenation

For some, the daily demands of teaching can wear on the body and mind, taking its toll by the end of the school year.  We have all heard the saying, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”  In other words, we can find ourselves lacking the energy and positivity needed to foster a powerful growth culture.  We must take time to restore the balance in our lives through relaxation and reconnecting with things that inspire and refuel us.     

One way to refill your cup is by reading the engaging and inspiring stories of others.  Summer is the perfect time to visit your neglected book queue to catch up on the books and articles that have piqued your interest throughout the school year.  I recently had the pleasure of reading, The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.  This book includes insightful stories that reveal 10 rules to fuel your life and work with positive energy through a humorous metaphor that can relate to teaching as a “bus” and the students as “passengers”. 

Who doesn’t need more positivity in their life?!         

 Photo Credit: http://theenergybus.com/ebusposter.html 

 What inspirational books or articles have you read recently?  Share the titles in the Blog Comment section below.  Let us lock arms in a movement to refill our cups and inspire each other through our journey to find balance and positive energy!

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Second Summer Stop: Reflection and Planning

Once reinvested in your own well-being and balance, take some time to reflect on the past school year.  Ask yourself the following questions about your READ 180 and System 44 classroom:

  • What should I celebrate/replicate for next year?
  • What would I like to change?
  • What does the program research and author team say?
  • What essential skills promote positive student outcomes?
  • How can I learn more about READ 180 and System 44 and their components and practices?

As you begin to plan specifically for your READ 180 and System 44 classroom, do not forget to check out the professional learning options offered by HMH. 

HMH Back-to-School Site includes Resources, tools, updates, and help you need to plan for Back to School 2018.  https://backtoschool.hmhco.com/

Training and Courses offers OnDemand Getting Started Webinars for READ 180 and System 44 teachers and leaders. https://backtoschool.hmhco.com/get-started/training-and-courses/  Contact your HMH Account Executive for more information about additional in-person and virtual learning and support options. 

Office Hours Webinars is a Series of live webinars to share technology best practices, lessons learned, and answer questions you may have as you prepare for Back to School 2018.  https://backtoschool.hmhco.com/webinars/

Platform Embedded Professional Learning includes Resources accessed through Teacher Central, i.e. videos of small-group lessons, tips for establishing effective station rotations, and introducing Growth Mindset. 

See you at Stop 3: Back to School 2018!

Let’s Serve It Up!

Kate Weber
Manager of Professional Services
Big West Region


Kate Weber has passionately served as a teacher, interventionist, instructional coach, and program-based presenter and trainer. Currently, she supports Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a Manager of Professional Services where she partners with a team of consultants and school districts to reach educational goals and impact student achievement. She is a leader in education with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and multiple curriculum and training certifications.

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