There has already been a lot of learning in Wakulla County Schools, but it’s not students who are learning. It’s the teachers. Wakulla’s Newest Teachers participated in the inaugural Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Two-Day Propel Training at FAMU DRS last week. PAEC ProPEL, Promoting Professional Excellence, is a program designed specifically to support beginning teachers.
The first day of training was kicked off with an energetic presentation from Florida Department of Education Deputy Chancellor, Brian Dassler. He focused on what it takes to be a great teacher. Chief Human Capital Officer Karen Wells added, “Not only did PAEC provide practical training for our newest teachers, they modeled engaging instructional practices and our teachers had the opportunity to network with more than 100 other beginning teachers as well as experienced, high-performing educators in our sister districts across the panhandle. The PAEC staff assembled a first class beginning teacher orientation program that included a presentation from one of Wakulla’s finest, Beth Mims. We are very grateful. ”
Foundational Orientation Topics included during the PAEC ProPEL were classroom management, Code of Ethics and Professionalism, Social Media, Child Abuse and Reporting, creating a positive learning environment, student engagement strategies, working with parents as partners, Florida standards-based instruction, trauma-informed care and more.
Human Resource Director Angie Walker added, “We have a diverse group of teachers joining our district staff this school year, which opens on August 11 for our students. We all work hard to set them up for success. A Wakulla New Educator Boot Camp, TEACH Training and an IT Academy will be offered this week as well.”