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Busy week ahead for local teachers

As county students enjoy the last few days of summer vacation, teachers in the Alcorn School District will experience Back-to-Back Professional Development Days.

Set to begin on Monday on the Kossuth campus, ASD Curriculum, Professional Development and Testing Coordinator Travis Smith said staffers will take part in sessions over three-days that will target data-driven, principal requested and teacher suggested areas.

Session topics will include using technology more effectively, Google Classroom, phonics and reading support, raising ACT scores, various curriculum and a look at Mississippi's new science standards.

"Principals have worked hard to assign each staff member to professional development sessions most needed in their particular school. It is always good to see our district staff come together," said Smith. "We believe renewing friendships, spending time together, sharing classroom experiences and making connections will allow us to develop a more unified school district."

Teachers will also have access to sessions on social media how-to's as the district introduces a new brand.

"The district recently created a new logo, updated our website and created a mobile app to better brand our image," he said.

Social media sessions will be led by Desoto County Schools' Communication and Social Media Director Geri Hill, a past Biggersville High School graduate.

"We will also have Dyslexia specialist Jan Hankins from Mississippi College "" this session is open to teachers, parents, community leaders or anyone who wishes to be more informed about Dyslexia," he added. "We have reached out to other districts as well about attending this event and hope many will take part."

The district will host the open to the public Dyslexia session on Monday afternoon at Northeast Mississippi Community College at Corinth at 1:30 p.m.

After the first day full of sessions held at Kossuth, teachers will head back to their respective campuses for days two and three.

"A visit to each school by ASD Attorney Arch Bullard and principals sharing their vision with staff is a big part of those days," said Smith. "Specific grade level training on how to reach all students across ability levels will be held at the ASD office all day Tuesday. Day three is devoted to each campus with time given for teachers to put what they have learned into practice, hear more about this year's vision from their principals and make final preparations for the first day of school on Thursday.

"It will be a busy week for us all," added Smith

(For more information, contact ASD at 662-286-5591 or visit alcornschools.org.)