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Staff prepares for first day of school
Staff prepares for first day of school
Posted on 08/26/2016
As the first day of school draws near,

As the first day of school draws near, staff throughout the district have been busy working together and attending workshops as they prepare for more than 22,250 students to return to school on September 6.

More than 300 teachers and administrators attended a Puyallup School District Summer Institute on August 23-24 at Emerald Ridge High School. The focus for the training was quality core instruction, essential standards, strategies for student success, and addressing opportunity gaps.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans opened the Summer Institute with a welcome to teachers and praise for the quality core instruction they provide. He said the event was a time for teachers to share strategies for thoughtful intervention and to ensure they are well prepared to make a difference in students’ lives. “You change the starting line for children—the reality is you don’t just change the life of that child, you make a generational impact,” said Yeomans.

Chief Instructional Leadership Officer Vince Pecchia was among many district administrators and principals in attendance for the training. “Thank you for choosing to  be here where you have the opportunity to learn from colleagues, focus on aligning essential standards with assessment, instructional materials, and progress monitoring measures to ensure our students’ needs are met,” said Pecchia.

Essential standards are standards teachers have identified as essential. They include the knowledge and skills which must be developed in a student in order for them to be successful the next year. A comprehensive set of standards is in place for each content area taught across the district to ensure coherence and alignment with curriculum, teaching methods, and expectations.

There are numerous training activities happening throughout the district during August, including group meetings by science, math, music, and social studies departments, special services staff training, security training, and new employee orientations.