USM Professional Development

January 25 In-service Planning

To Do:
  • Plan lunch with Parents' Association rep.- Jodie
  • Conference sessions write ups by 12/17 - All
  • Send out Survey Monkey registration Fri, January 4 - Matt
  • Organize snacks/water Breakfast etc.- Kathy C
  • Logistics e.g., dining room set-up Paul/Rishi
  • Survey monkey evaluation - Becky
  • Survival challenge MC - Gregg/Chuck
  • Welcome and intro to day
  • Assign faculty/staff to tables/groups for survival challenge (Judy Bloch has a database and will assist a committee member) Bonnie
  • Assign rooms/locations for conference sessions
  • Registration/help table/name tags-Hilary (& Jodie if more help is needed)
  • Thank you notes to presenters-Hilary
  • Write a conference introduction to be included with sign-up email - Chuck
  • Analyze session registration information - All
  • Make participant packets ( conference agenda, name tag, session information)
  • Get list of staff to be included - Jodie/Gregg
  • Find a processing place for: Miriam 8, Neelie 7, Jeff 7, Allison, Todd and Jeanne join US World Language group, Francine 8, Library w/o Francine?

12/6/07 Meeting Notes

  • The "to do" list was reviewed
  • Session offerings were reviewed and updated
  • Conference registration form questions were briefly discussed
  • Gregg will put together a form for presenters. The form will ask for session name, blurb, tech needs etc. Committee reps will distribute to presenters in division and then return information to Gregg.
  • Next meeting @ 3:30 on 12/12 in the board room

11/28/07 Meeting Notes

  • The group gathered session suggestions from divisions and put together a tentative list of possibilities.
  • We briefly discussed the survival activity and logistics
  • The committee discussed the January 25 to-do list
  • We do not have any grant proposal to date. Committee representatives will email colleagues to encourage submissions. The submission deadline was postponed to 1/1/08
Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, November 28 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 – 3:30 p.m. (only if needed)

10/13/07 Meeting Notes

We agreed to start the in-service with a survival team building activity. After discussion, consensus was that we should offer two choice sessions for faculty and staff. Committee members will survey faculty and staff for session ideas.

Proposed Schedule:

8:30 - 10:15 - Survival challenge

10:30 - 11:30 - Session 1

Lunch 11:45 - 12:30

12:45 - 1:45 - Session 2

2:00 - 3:00 Personal Time: work in rooms, meet with colleagues, home

Possible session ideas:

Research in library
Design lesson plans
Cook healthy meals
Teacher movie clips - use Char. Danielson’s list
Top ten things Ward should know about us
Wii Bowling
ASCD Video and discussion
Office 2007 session
Phone conference with speaker
Health topics: Fitness center, dodge ball, speakers
Community service - blankets with Becky!
Dance instruction

Next steps:

• Send an email to faculty and staff to get in-service session ideas. Kathy and Bonnie will compose the email by Friday, 11/16.
• Collect responses for 11/28 meeting
• Do we need a theme?
• Investigate survival challenge – Gregg
• Next meeting: 11/28 3:30 pm

To Do:

• Plan lunch
• Plan conference sessions by 12/20
• Send out Survey Monkey registration in early January
• Organize snacks
• Logistics e.g., dining room set-up
In-service Survey Monkey evaluation

11/02/07 Meeting Notes

  • Kathy Choren distributed faculty/staff grant information and reviewed the timeline for proposals. Periodic reminders will be sent to faculty and staff encouraging submissions.
  • We brainstormed ideas for the January 25th in-service. Suggestions included: Team/Community building, something fun (e.g., bowling, Comedy Sportz), health and wellness topics, working in the morning and surprise afternoon off, time for classroom or divisional work, technology workshops led by USM staff. (Did I miss anything?) Could we build the workshop around the topics of self, division and community? There seemed to be some consensus that team/community building is needed.
  • Next Steps: Each member agreed to research some team building ideas for the next meeting.
  • Meetings: I will not be able to meet on 11/20. It is a board meeting day. The group could meet without me if someone volunteers to lead and take notes. I would like to try to schedule future meetings. Please check you calendar and email me (asap) which of the following dates work for after school meetings. I will try to schedule meetings that work for most members. Please check the following dates: 11/19, 11/20 (without Gregg), 11/26, 11/28, 12/4, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/18, 12/19,12/20, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23