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WCSD Administrators recently had the opportunity to participate in a coaching and feedback workshop led by Dr. Rosemarye Taylor using TeachLive - a mixed-reality classroom simulator with avatars.  This cutting-edge classroom/conference simulator provided administrators, supervisors and instructional coaches with opportunities to practice and strengthen their coaching skills in closely realistic settings. 

The system, developed through a unique partnership between education and computer science professors at the University of Central Florida, works from two ends. On one end, an administrator views a screen on which a teacher avatar is projected. A motion-capture device and camera read the administrators movements. On the other end, an interactor controls the teacher avatar, speaking through a microphone and using head-mounted and handheld controllers programmed to respond to certain movements. Using student avatars, this virtual lab can also be used to allow teachers the opportunity to address a variety of classroom scenarios that occur every day without the worry of "making a mistake".  Each avatar has it's own unique "personality", and the program provides the opportunity to practice handling various degrees of situational difficulty. 

Always learning, growing and improving, principals and other administrators in Walton County School District had the opportunity to participate in a specialized leadership training workshop on Monday, June 25, 2018, led by Dr. Rosemarye Taylor from University of South Florida.  Her specialty is systematic leadership to improve student achievement prekindergarten through university doctoral programs.  As part of the workshop, Dr. Taylor emphasized coaching and feedback techniques and strategies.  

Dr. Taylor has published seven books and numerous articles in respected journals such as Kappan, Educational Leadership, Middle School Journal, The National Staff Development Journal, Educational Research Service Spectrum, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, and International Journal of Education Management. Also, she is editor of the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation and co-editor for Higher Education Skills and Workplace Learning Special Issue on Professional Doctorates (April 2014).

Advance CTE’s newest video provides an overview of how Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. Use this video with critical stakeholders, from families to employers, to continue to combat false perceptions of what CTE is and who it is for. This video is designed to help you make the case for CTE in your community and demonstrate the many benefits of today's CTE! We hope that you will watch and share! @CTEWorks

Congratulations to the ECMS Advertising Design Team for placing 3rd at the Jr. Beta Club National Convention held in Savannah, Georgia! We are so proud of you! Go Stingrays!!!

Team members (from L to R):  Lauren Broussard, Ava Razavi, Sydney Rushing and Dylan Speicher.

Submitted by Candy Bodie

FMS students spent the first week of summer bridge having fun remediating their math skills via an escape room Monday – Wednesday and Glow Math Games on Thursday. 

 Submitted by Sharie Smith

Walton County School District provides tips to help parents strengthen their child's academic success. This video dealing with the importance of 15 to 20 minutes of reading every day was produced by West DeFuniak Elementary School, DeFuniak Springs.

WCSD Secondary math teachers attended Math Boot Camp on June 13th and 14th at the Carlene H Anderson Training Center. Teachers worked collaboratively with their peers from across the district to strengthen math instruction and curriculum utilization. On the second day, Christine Petersen shared digital resources for teachers to use for data driven instruction. On June 14th, special guest Darnell from Math Nation shared best practices and new tools for our teachers and students. We would like to thank our Teachers and Katie Moore for this EPIC Math experience for all.

Submitted by Lauren Moore

In early June, Laurie Langford, Allie Spiva, and Katie Moore attended professional development through Instructional Partners. This PD opportunity provided the attendees time to develop content as facilitators for the Instructional Partners Standards Boot Camps across Florida. Standards Boot Camp attendees will dig deeper into content (what to teach) and content pedagogy (how to teach that particular content). We look forward to hosting our own Instructional Partners Standards Boot Camp here in Walton County.

Submitted by Katie Moore