PARKERSBURG - School ends for students June 11, but officials will continue to offer professional development programs for teachers throughout the summer.
Judy Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools, said officials have scheduled 23 days of development programs this summer. The programs start June 21 and run through Aug. 16, a few days before teachers report to classrooms.
"It doesn't slow down over the summer," Johnson said. "We try to do this during the summer so we don't have to take teachers and principals out of the school during the year."
The programs are not mandatory and are not part of the contract days, but Johnson said officials typically have a solid turnout.
The programs offer something for everyone, she said.
"We have social studies, math, English, language arts, reading and high school dropout prevention," she added. "It is targeted to different audiences. Really, it is something for everyone."
Johnson said officials will undergo training for high school teachers to build better relationships for helping at-risk students to stay in school and provide a way to achieve success. The county is also adopting a new social studies series.
"We will be teaching those teachers in those programs the components," she said.
The summer training also includes RESA 5 training - three sessions over three days covering Next Generation components -that encompasses an eight-county region. Because of the Next Generation components Johnson said there are more summer programs than usual.
"The state is trying to develop more locally based training through the RESAs," Johnson said. "They are a lot more involved than they were before."
"We have tried to increase the professional development offered in the summer to decrease the number of days that teachers must leave their classrooms during the school year. Also, grant funds such as the Innovation Zone Grant for Dropout Prevention provided funding to bring in teachers over the summer."