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M-DCPS Teacher LEADership Academy

The M-DCPS Teacher LEADership Academy (Leading Education and Development) is designed to challenge and support teacher leaders across the District in developing the andragogical knowledge, content expertise, and facilitative leadership skills needed to guide instructional improvements in schools. The program enhances the leadership abilities of highly skilled teachers as they facilitate the professional learning of their colleagues. The Teacher LEADership Academy also provides principals and assistant principals an opportunity to cultivate shared leadership and embed effective teacher leadership structures and practices within their school community.

With the Professional Learning Support Teams (PLSTs) fully implemented at each school-site, the M-DCPS Teacher LEADership Academy creates opportunities for effective teachers to lead through new career opportunities and advancement initiatives that promote professional growth and emphasize multiple career paths. Miami-Dade County Public Schools utilizes the structure of the PLST to develop a cadre of teacher leaders by clearly identifying differentiated teacher leadership roles in the areas of new and early career teacher support, professional learning and growth, instructional coaching, and digital innovation. The M-DCPS Teacher LEADership Academy addresses the specific professional learning needs of each teacher leadership role by differentiating the context, process, and content of the professional development provided. The model supports teacher leaders who lead from the classroom.


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CALENDAR OVERVIEW

M-DCPS Teacher LEADership Academy experience includes:

One (1) Two-day Summer Institute

Two (2) One-day Follow-Up Sessions

Three (3) 2-hour Virtual Follow-Up Sessions

Learning Showcase

Friday, June 5, 2015

Help us make the Endorsement Program even better!


  • To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
  • To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
  • Feedback and suggestions for improvement.



191 comments:

  1. I have learned a few things independently in this course but I have not been impressed with the "instruction" because there hasn't been any. I have not done anything in this course thus far that I couldn't have completed from my home.

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    1. Anonymity breeds honesty. Did you tell the instructor this or did you just hide behind your "anonymous" title?

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  2. The course is interesting, but the live interaction with peers is really what makes the difference. It's exciting to learn new perspectives.

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    1. Violeta RodriguezJune 16, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      I agree, I believe working as a team and sharing new ideas with other teachers of the gifted is instrumental in learning.

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  3. I learned a lot of strategies since Monday that I would take back to my classroom. Some of the strategies were already being implemented using a different name. Some methods were not stressed thus far.

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  4. This professional development has provided me with many methods of teaching ESOL students. These strategies allow ESOL students to learn and also develop self-confident. The professor was very knowledgeable about the topics. The professor demonstrated many differentiated learning the we can used for the ESOL students.

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  5. *The PD's were very meaningful and provided a pelthora of activities, methods, and strategies we can use in our classrooms.

    * Course titles were met with objectives pertaining ELL education
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    *Courses should utilize more technology aspects.

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  6. The learning experience I am receiving in this course is beneficial to the extend of collaborating with teachers from different areas and levels of teaching and working together, along with our instructor with the understanding of a specific strategy that is needed for the students of this era. The objectives are being address through collaborations.

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  7. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    This professional learning increased my knowledge of strategies that can be used with not only ELL students but all students.
    The professional learning met its intended objectives.
    There should be a way that if there a spaces available in the class, more learners could be added the first day.


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  8. The work is heavy and helpful. The timing is great. I am happy to know this is my last ESOL class. I've learned valuable information and I am looking forward to using what I've learned. The teacher was knowledgeable.

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  9. The instructor is very knowledgeable of the subject matter and very nice.

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  10. Great instructor! Ms. Sellek is very helpful and knowledgeable! The articles truly help us guide the gifted population. Please make this course shorter...5 days and leave at 3:30!

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  11. 1. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?

    It has increased my knowledge on how to interact and work with gifted students. How gifted students are different from regular students in the way they learn and think.

    2. To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?

    It opened my eyes on the benefits and challenges of working with the gifted.


    3. Feedback and suggestions for improvement.

    5 days instead of 7 days will be fine. The course itself has been a good experience.

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  12. This professional development has taught me valuable things about teaching gifted students and how to help them to cope with some of their issues. We have shared experiences from our classrooms that are enriching us. Next school year I will use some of the strategies and knowledge that I have absorbed in this class to make my teaching more efficient.

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  13. Course: Guidance and Counseling
    Prof: M. Sellek

    Thus far, this course has definitely increased my knowledge for the gifted program and has been engaging as well as interactive. Ms. Sellek exhaust full potential resources and allow every means of peer collaboration. She truly knows her stuff!
    The professional learning has indeed met its intended objectives through has on activities, Edmodo assignments and in class peer-presentations.
    Feedback-I'm look forward for the next few classes and would love to be more involved in more make and take activities.

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  14. Guidance and Counseling (Sellek)

    The professional development helped me realize that gifted students have their own unique and individual needs. Not just academic support, but personal and emotional support is also needed to help gifted students reach their potential.

    The course thus far has demonstrated the characteristics and problems of the gifted. This serves as a basis for counseling and assisting this population of students.

    I enjoyed the film component of the course. It relates what teachers do in the classroom to the possible implications outside. I would recommend that the facilities verify that computer or internet connections will be available. It is very hard to do a course based upon articles and online reading when internet connection is not adequate.

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  15. I have more knowledge of the affective characteristics and concomitant problems of the gifted, which represent a basis for counseling intervention as part of their program in schools and to gain knowledge of assessment As a result of completion of this inservice activity, I will be able to use strategies appropriate for students with special needs.

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  16. 1.) This professional learning has increased my knowledge by giving me new ideas and information about the gifted. 2.) The objectives are being met through the lessons, discussions, and group projects. 3.) I have truly enjoyed the teacher's wittiness and sarcasm :)

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  17. Ms. Sellek's G and C course has been wonderful! She has been very helpful and insightful. She has a lot of useful information and is wonderful at guiding discussions in class.

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  18. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge? It increased my knowledge in how to better understand the gifted/highly gifted mind. It gave me more tools in how to meet the needs of the gifted individuals in my classroom.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives? Although we are only half way through the course, it had met many of the intended objectives. The professor provides her first experience knowledge that connects with the different cases and strategies discussed.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    The class is overall enjoyable. I have enjoyed the discussions and insight the professor and other teachers have provided. I, also, enjoy the films that have been tied in to the objectives. However, lack of adequate internet connection (on classroom computers and personal devices) has slowed down the progression of class and what could be done in a few minutes stretches on for close to an hour or more.

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  19. Guidance and Counseling

    At this point I have learned quite a bit about the different things that make a gifted child tick & how not all gifted students have the same needs & wants. Also, I have learned that gifted students need a lot of emotional support to achieve their potential.

    So far the course has introduced us to various ways we can guide & assist different gifted students.

    I believe that maybe providing more opportunities to tie curriculum with the guidance and counseling of these students.

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  20. The learning has increased my knowledge, though some of what we've covered has been taught repeatedly throughout the courses. The class has met the intended objectives thus far. The class is too long. It is difficult to maintain interest on the topic at hand for so many hours each day, though the teacher does try to incorporate different activities to break up the day.

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  21. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    I now have a better understanding of what steps to take to help increase the learning of the students of my classes.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    It help me identify what is required for testing the levels of the students of the classes that I teach. I learned how those students that are labelled ESOL are tested and the length of time that they remain labelled.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement. none

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  22. I have learned so much about reading with plenty information to be implemented within my classroom. I can't wait until the new school year starts to try these new ideas.

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  23. The course was great! The instructor, Ms. Perez, is amazing and is really in-tune with today's modern classroom and has gone above and beyond relating to each and everyone of our concerns and questions in class. She has shared many different ways of accommodating our students as well as the many ways to properly evaluate and test our students :) she is great! The class environment was warm and friendly and everyone learned a great deal and we all enjoyed class! We loved Ms. Perez's class!

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  24. Student: S.Gunder
    Professor: M. Perez
    The ESOL professional development in Testing and Assessment has provided me with many skills in helping my ESOL students.The professional learning met its intended objectives.The teacher was knowledgeable and very aware of her craft.

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  25. Ms. Perez Class Testing and Evaluation:
    I have a better understanding of the assessments and evaluations I can use in the classroom with my students. In this way, I can meet all of my student's learning needs.

    I learned to identify all the levels of the students, their testing, and requisites in the program. My teacher is an excellent instructor.

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  26. Ms. Perez Testing and Evaluation ESOL class for the Summer of 2015 was the bum. It directed me on how to test and assess my students. It further enforced my learning that ELL and ESOL students should be given a second chance.

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  27. I have a better approach to meet the difficulties and challenges that Testing and Evaluation represents in my field.
    I believe this professional learning met its objectives when I have decided to incorporate everything I have learned for the benefit of my future students.

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  28. The course helped me increase my knowledge with regards to assessing my students. I learned that you can modify and enrich lessons based on the data from the assessments. What stood out to me the most is that L1-L4 can be screened for gifted at the beginning of the year. AHA MOMENT!

    Loved this course

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  30. I think this course was great at identifying the six components needed for a sudent to successfully read.

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  31. I feel that the course met all of its objectives providing me with new strategies that I can apply in my classroom. I believe the course should be shorter in length, 8 hour courses do not provide enough breaks in the day and tends to drain the student.

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  32. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.

    I am currently certified in English 6-12, and although I have a broad background in reading, this course both refreshed and magnified my knowledge in the area of reading instruction, especially on the elementary level. This professional development has exceeded my expectations regarding meeting its objectives, and the instructor has perfected her craft - no suggestions for improvement.

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  33. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The learning increased my knowledge of how to teach reading, especially in regards to teaching elementary students. Having never taught at a primary school, I never considered how much effort went in it to teaching the basics of reading( such as phonics and irregular words).
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    If the intended objective was to inform me of new teaching techniques, that I would use if called upon to teach the foundations of reading, than I believe the course to be a success!
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    I believe there is to much material covered in this course, and while I believe I have grasped the key concepts anything else I have probably lost due to an overload of information.

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  34. This professional learning course improved my knowledge in phonics and the importance of phonological awareness. I learned that students need the skill of dividing words into syllables because they will encounter longer words as they move up in the grades. I plan to prepare materials to help my students

    This course did meet the intended objective because there were new strategies that I learned about each component of reading. I intend to purchase the book to have it as a resource in my classroom to help improve the reading skills of my students.

    Suggestions: Can we purchase the book at a discount price through P.D. Department?
    ; )

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    1. This is one of the best Reading Resource Book I have encountered. We shall look to see if discounted rates would be available.

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  35. This professional reading course improve my knowledge of the six components that I will need to be a effective teacher.

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  36. The Reading Competency 2 Course is very helpful to teachers in order to implement best practices in the classroom. The more strategies teachers know, the better quality instruction they deliver on a daily basis. Having knowledge of the 6 components of Reading is important in order to have a thorough understanding of the reading process. The course meets its intended objectives.

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  37. The Competency 1 course has been great. The Professional learning has taught me challenging and engaging strategies & activities that can be implemented in my classroom. All of the objectives have been met thus far. I now have a better understanding of the BIG 6. I appreciate how the teacher breaks up the day by allowing us to get up and move around. I also appreciate the time given to do independent work and collaboration.

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  38. Read Comp 1 with Dr. Vivian del Rio

    1)This course has increased my knowledge of the Big 6, especially in developing strategies to better assist my high school students with vocabulary and comprehension.

    2)This PD has definitely met its intended objectives. I keep telling Dr. D that I feel like an expert on reading just by taking her class. I know this is not exactly true but she is obviously teacing me and the rest of "The Lucky 7" a lot for many of us to feel this way.

    3)Hopefully, next summer, MDCPS will be able to offer more endorsement classes throughout the entirety of the summer so that educators can have the opportunity to take these classes outside the chaos that is being a student while trying to effectiely teach students.

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  39. Nature and needs helped me to understand my own gifted child. It also gave me insights on how to assist the few gifted students that are in my advanced classes.
    The instructor and colleagues in my session were outstanding. All of the objectives were met. Colleagues with experience teaching gifted also added insight to events that affected gifted education.
    Loved the class and instructor. More movement within the class time, not necessarily breaks, but just get out of the seat activity would be nice. Teachers are not used to sitting for so long!

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  40. I learned a multitude of strategies in this professional development and I am excited to apply these strategies once I get back to the classroom. I created a brochure that I will definitely use with parents and teachers that I hope will enlighten them about dealing with their gifted children.
    I think all the professional learning goals and objectives were met in this workshop. The instructor was very knowledgeable and gave us valuable information that we will take with us to the classroom.
    I feel that there is not much room for improvement. The activities were very well timed and gave us plenty of opportunities to engage in hands-on activities. It was an extremely interesting workshop.

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  41. Nature and Needs of the Gifted is a very informative class. I wish I would have taken it first instead of last. I have grasped a better understanding of different types of gifted students.
    All of the intended objectives were met; it provided an overview how the gifted child is evaluated on a national, state and local level. The class went through the history of gifted learners and important events that have effected gifted education. Challenges of gifted students was also addressed in this class.
    The activities were wonderful!! The class was not about reading or researching a bunch of articles and then summarizing them (as some of the other endorsement classes are), we had discussions and learned from each other. We watched inspirational movies! The movies were fantastic. Then, we did different activities pinpointing gifted characteristics. We made brochures, we made movie posters, we researched other states and compared their gifted programs to the Florida gifted program. The facilitator was very colorful and did a great job keeping us all engaged and actively learning!

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  42. 1.The professional development I had the pleasure of taking was Reading Competency 1 which is the foundations of reading. This course has given me a better understanding of the BIG 6. I feel more confident now targeting my struggling readers.

    2.The course went in-depth for each component of the big 6 and gave me several reading strategies that I will incorporate in my reading classes next school year.

    3. Feedback: Instead of offering Reading Competency 1-4 at the same time during the summer. I think they should have started the courses on different dates so that teachers who need the endorsement could have an opportunity to get most of the classes out of the way before school starts.

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  43. This Professional Development course “Nature and Needs” not only has increased my understanding on academic support for gifted students but also increased my understanding on strategies to address their emotional needs. I have shared experiences in class with my fellow colleagues about their strategies used and the results they obtained.

    The instructor was very professional, knowledgeable and to the point teaching the subject. I’m overall pleased of taking this course.

    No Need to change anything when it comes to instruction, perhaps improvement can be made on internet access which is slow in class.

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  44. Nature and Needs

    1. As a new teacher of gifted students, I feel much more empowered after taking this class. I have a better understanding of gifted students and how they relate to the world.
    2. The objectives in this course helped me to understand the history of gifted education, characteristics of gifted students, procedures for the delivery of acceleration, enrichment, etc., as well as the challenges that gifted students face.
    3. I would have liked to take more classes this summer.

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  45. The professional learning for Reading Competency I has greatly increased my knowledge by giving me an overall understanding of the importance of reading proficiency for students at all grade levels. Mastery of The Big Six will enhance the reading success for students from elementary to high school and beyond. Dr. Del Rio did an excellent job in meeting the objectives of the course and expanding my knowledge.Many interesting strategies were introduced and modeled. I feel confident about applying these strategies and achieving success with my students in the coming school year. Many Thanks!!

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  46. 1As a result of this professional development I have increased my knowledge of the reading process. I have a fuller understanding of the components of the big 6 as a whole and I learned new strategies which will enhance my teaching and my students’ learning.
    2.Because of the training I have a better understanding of the reading process and how the components come together to help the learning process as a whole.
    3.This is my first reading endorsement course and this competency IJt has been a great refresher for me however, with the busy schedule that teachers have I think it would be a good idea to offer more of these courses during the summer and on Saturdays if possible.

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  47. 1. This professional development has increased my knowledge about 100% by utilizing these 6 competencies in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonic awareness, phonological awareness, fluency awareness, vocabulary awareness, comprehension and oral language. These competencies will help me to teach with a new style of establishing a positive delivery to insure that my students understand these competencies in their reading program.
    2. This professional learning course work has helped me master all competencies in all the aspects of teaching reading to my students-in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonic awareness, phonological awareness, fluency awareness, vocabulary awareness, comprehension and oral learning. This course has given me a positive pathway to teach my students different concepts so they can understand their reading materials.


    3. My suggestions for improvement in this professional development are: To have more flexible schedule during the year and also more hands-on activities.

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  48. Nature and Needs of Gifted students has filled in some of the gaps that I experienced in my curriculum and creativity classes. I feel as if my first two years of teaching gifted students was successful. As a result of the knowledge gained in this class, I'm already thinking about how I'm going to change instruction for the better next year. Outstanding class. I wish I had taken it first.

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  49. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge? Taking Nature and Needs for my Gifted Endorsement with Ms. Muller has been so enlightening. I believe that there are so many different characteristics that engulf the gifted child and this course has definitely touched upon these traits. I will definitely empathize with my students going forward, as I have a better understanding of their needs. I will continue to motivate them and try to give them the tools they need in order for them to be able to continue to excel. I believe that my students need to learn to excel in and out of the classroom and by taking this course, I will arm them with the concepts that they can use to achieve their dreams despite the adversities life may challenge them with.
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Ms. Muller is an extraordinary educator, it is through her life experiences that she compelled all of her students to give their experiences as well and this allows us educators to reap the benefits of this course. The course objectives were met through a multitude of resources as well as films in which enriched our learning by being able to see a role played out of the characteristics that the gifted child may have.
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    This is one of those courses, that I believe MDCPS should offer for parents of the gifted child to take, so that they in turn see the reality of the gifted child. Many parents are blindsided by the label of "gifted" and they don't understand the emotional needs of these individuals. Nature and Needs are detrimental to the success of the gifted child, parents need to understand how to foster and bring out the light within these children, instead sometimes they turn them off due to the high demands. Parent Workshops will highly benefit the Gifted Education Program of MDCPS. Not to mention, ESE as well.

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    1. We will definitely have conversations about your suggestions. Parental Involvement with children is of utmost importance in order to foster the best academic trajectory for the child. Thank you so much for your suggestions.

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  50. Participating in the Nature and Needs Endorsement Class has helped me better understand the different qualities that a Gifted student has. After learning about the different characteristics that gifted students have, I feel that I am more aware of their unique needs as well as a better understanding of how to identify them. After participating in this endorsement class, I feel that I can go back to my class and better help and motivate my students in a different way than I did in the past. I feel that teachers of the gifted need to be aware of these different characteristics in order to fully address all of their needs.

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  51. 1. This professional learning experience increased my knowledge by providing me with a wealth of knowledge in certain areas such as misconceptions, characteristics and strategies in dealing with Gifted Children.
    2. This professional learning experience met it's intended objectives by providing information that will help me in the upcoming school year manage and educate more effectively my gifted students.
    3. This class was extremely helpful and informative.

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  52. Nature and Needs
    •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This PD "Nature and Needs" was very helpful in helping me to understand the needs of the Gifted students in my classes. I will use the suggestions and activities to help to engage them. Thanks Mirtha Muller for your help and guidance.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    The PD met its intended objectives very well. Ms. Muller made sure to keep us engage and learning. Great activities, movies and follow-ups. I now understand the history of Gifted Education and the laws associated with the program and funding.
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    We are teachers who just finished 180 days of long days, while it was great to get right into the Professional Learning, it is grueling to spend all day in a room with "short breaks" and then get out just in time to be faced with the horrible traffic. I enjoyed the workshop, but would suggest that maybe finishing up at even 4. just to get ahead of the traffic.
    Also, why are the courses only offered once during the summer?

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  53. Nature and Needs
    This professional learning has increased my level of knowledge profoundly. Particularly considering that this is my first PD course attended on the topic of the gifted. I feel that this PD course met its intended objectives because I can notice a great difference between what I thought I knew about the gifted and what I now know and understand about them. My only suggestion is: keep up the good work because this is the best and most instructional PD I have attended ever.

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  54. This professional learning has increased my knowledge. I've learned a lot about data and reading process and how to implement different things to improve my classroom environment. Also, this PD has met its objectives by giving me the opportunity of learning a lot about the reading process and its instruction. Finally, I can suggest that this PD may finish at 4pm instead of 4:30pm.

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  55. This PD has helped me better understand how to assess my students and become a better professional. Having an excellent facilitator, Mss. Nelloms, all the objectives were very clearly presented and met all the expectations I had of this Pd.
    Honestly, I was very pleased and motivated in the way the teacher presented all the content.

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  56. Gifted: Nature and Needs of the Gifted (summer course)
    1- The course has increased my knowledge of the common characteristics displayed by gifted learners as well as their weaknesses. In addition, learning about common misconceptions will make me a better advocate for the students.
    2- The course met all expected objectives and presented the content in a wide variety of ways in order to enhance my interest and understanding.
    3- The course met all of my expectations.

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  57. Gifted Endorsement: Nature and Needs of the Gifted
    This course has increased my understanding of the history of gifted education and how it applies to today's public school system. I am more aware of common characteristics of gifted learners and also common misconceptions.
    Mrs. Muller is fantastic! I would strongly recommend taking her course. She has kept us actively engaged in our learning and made this a great experience for me with her interesting connections and enthusiasm for gifted education.

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  58. Gifted Endorsement Nature and Needs of the Gifted
    1- This professional learning has increased my knowledge of the common characteristics and special needs of the gifted students.
    2- This PD met the intended objectives very well. The facilitator presented all the objectives clearly, follow up activities were meaningful and know I feel better prepared for the next school year.
    3- Keep up the good work. Excellent ideas! Great presentations!

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  59. 1. This professional learning experience increased my knowledge by providing me with a wealth of knowledge about reading assessments, reading instruction, and peer collaboration.
    2. This professional learning experience met it's intended objectives by providing information that will help me in the upcoming school year manage and educate more effectively my reading students.
    3. This class was fun, helpful, and informative.

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  60. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The professional development helped me to identify the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students to better meet their needs. In addition, I learned about the historical advancements and advocacy programs for the gifted.
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Ms. Muller, my instructor for Gifted: Nature and Needs, implemented cooperative learning activities as well as individual class work to help me better understand the process of screening and identifying gifted students based on their cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics. She offered us a wealth of hard copy information relating to the characteristics and behaviors of the gifted, the misconceptions and realities of gifted children, history of gifted education in Florida, and important events creating gifted education, etc. I sincerely enjoyed learning from her professional and interesting teaching methods.
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement: The course met all my expectations.

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  61. Course: Nature and Needs of the Gifted-June, 2015
    •To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    Through this course I have learned to identify many characteristics of gifted students in order to better plan and differentiate my instruction.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Our instructor, Mrs. Muller, conducted the class with much knowledge and enthusiasm allowing me to further understand the importance of having specific training to better serve the needs of Gifted students. For this reason, I strongly agree that the intended objectives for this class were met.
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    Excellent class and very informative.

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  62. This professional development helped to reinforce information that I learned in a previous ESOL class.

    My class contained a lot of class discussion which I find to be beneficial in developing skills and connecting with other professionals. I anticipated there to be more content placed specifically on assessments – how to design, modify, and score different types and formats.

    It would be helpful to have handouts in advance to be used during the lecture time to make notes to help support and connect learning. I would like to see samples of assessments.

    I appreciated the professors willingness to answer questions and discuss specific questions.

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  63. I learned a great deal of strategies from this ESOL course that I would definitely take back to my classroom . Some I was already implementing others have not done so as of yet. I am impressed with the professor and colleagues I have met during this professional activity. It was very helpful and informative and it met its objectives.

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  64. I learned a great deal from my ESOL class. This class gave me a greater knowledge of ESOL students.

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  65. This course has increased my knowledge and has given me tools to take back to use in my classroom. I have learned a lot of new ideas that I can implement with my ESOL students.

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  66. I took the class with Lidia Carbonell was AMAZING, hilarious and WELL experienced. The extent of the knowledge was extremely helpful in helping me facilitate my students in their communication deficits. She brought the class to life and gives you real experiences that many teachers experience daily. She delivers the knowledge in a manner in which it clear to the educator and assists in developing proper ATIP, fab/bip, IEP, and understanding how simple it should be based on how you truly know your students.

    LOVE THE CAPSTONE course!!!! SHE WAS AMAZING!

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  67. The ASD Capstone endorsement class provided a comprehensive overview of my responsibilities when providing services to my students with ASD. I was able to use my combined knowledge from other classes and cement it together with new info from this class. The instructor's knowledge and experience was evident, and her anecdotes helped make the class informative and enjoyable.

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  68. Loved the Capstone class I learned so much from Lidia Carbonell !!!!
    1. This professional learning experience increased my knowledge by providing me with a wealth of knowledge in certain areas such as misconceptions, characteristics and strategies in dealing with ASD Children.
    2. This professional learning experience met it's intended objectives by providing information that will help me in the upcoming school year to be able to manage and educate more effectively my ASD students.
    3. This class was extremely helpful ,informative , and fun!!!

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  69. The Capstones ASD course has been a wonderful experience. Ms. Carbonell does a wonderful job of reviewing all of the material from the previous courses. She is enthusiastic, entertaining and filled with knowledge. She shares many personal experiences that help us better understand the concepts presented. If there are other courses offered that she were the instructor for, I would NOT hesitate to take them! She has managed to make this compromised first week of summer an enjoyable and knowledge filled one.

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  70. CAPSTONE (BRIGHT)

    The Capstone course with instructor Lidia Carbonell has been a positive professional learning experience. Ms. Carbonell is very knowledgeable and knows how to keep us motivated because she is fun and has a sense of humor. The content of the class has provided help for lesson planning and teaching my ASD students. I would recommend Ms. Carbonell for future courses.

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  71. Ms. Sanabria
    I like Ms. Carbonell’s style,
    “Teaching and Entertaining = Learning and Laughing”
    WHAT AN EQUATION!!!
    I learned the latest trends in the SPED profession. ASD Endorsement was designed for ASD population, but all I learned I can apply it to my IND students.
    Did I mention Ms. Carbonell is very demanding? (Of course, in a positive way). We have to present a complete case study. We learned to write ATIP, BIPS, FABS, analyze behaviors and write goals, accommodations, and strategies. In addition, she bombarded us with very informative ASD videos.
    I highly recommend this class to the new educators as well as veterans like me.
    In addition to Ms. Carbonnell, I want to express my respects to Ms. Green, Ms. Murray and Ms. Smith for her knowledge and professionalism.

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  72. The Nature & Needs of the Gifted (PD) has been a great and learning experience. Mirtha Muller by far is an awesome instructor who teaches with a passion. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter. This course has taught me how to be more effective in teaching Gifted Students. Also, learning from my colleagues has giving me some ideas. Lastly, the strategies taught in this PD will definitely be implemented in my future classes.

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  73. Differentiated instruction is not just teaching to the specific student it has to meet the needs of students via content, process, and product. I really enjoyed my class with Ms. Moton, Reading Competency 4. Learning about the the ongoing assessments, student interests and various strategies will also enhance how I instruct my students in the classroom. This is my best class yet!!!!! I wouldn't change a thing. The experience and wealth of knowledge gained from this class was truly awesome.

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  74. The Reading Competency 4 (Differentiated Instruction) Endorsement increased my knowledge exponentially. Up until this point, I had been just going through the motions. This class put a reason and purpose to what I had been doing. It also showed me what can be done better.
    In my opinion. the objectives have not only been met but exceeded. Glenda Moton was an amazing hands on facilitator.
    The only suggestion that I would have to improve this class would be to make the daily course hours shorter. Ex. Class was 8:30-4:30. I would propose 8:30 to 2:30, even if an additional day has to be added at the end.

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  75. Reading Endorsement, Competency 4
    Instructor: Glenda Moton


    This class has helped me a lot. I had some knowledge about differentiated instruction, but now I think I have a better picture of what I have to do with my low, average, and high progress students. The instructor yielded the information so clearly and the way she taught the class was like she was putting into practice (modeling) what she was teaching. She handed out what we had to do by the end of the course and allowed us to complete the activities at our own pace. I learned about content, process, and product. I also learned about students' readiness, interest, and preference. I am ready to apply this knowledge in my classes. I will not make any suggestions for improvements because I loved the PD the way it was implemented.

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  76. Reading Endorsement 4 with Ms. Moton Rocks!!!

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  77. Compentency 4 Differentiate Instruction

    The Professional Development increase my knowledge and learning experience. I inquired all the information needed to teach a D.I. classroom, but will do additional research. The instructor was well prepared and had a wealth on knowledge on the subject matter. I have learned plenty of information needed for me to be an effective teacher in a D.I classroom. The objectives were taught with fidelity and consistency. I leaned a lot from my colleagues and would use this information and ideas and implement in my classroom.I really enjoyed the class and would recommended it to other colleagues. The only issue I have with the class is the hours. I believe it should not be held the entire day. The class is too long we should get out of class at least 3:30 p.m. or earlier.

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  78. Reading Competency IV with instructor Glenda Moton was engaging and full of information. The instructor was very professional and kept the participants actively involved at all times to ensure that learning was taking place. This course has equipped me with additional strategies that I will be able to incorporate into my classroom. The words Content, Process, and Product will forever be embedded in my thoughts when it comes to differentiated instruction. Student readiness and interest of learners is something I will pay more attention to as a result of this course.
    One suggestion is that dismissal time should be 3:00 or 3:30 and not 4:30.

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  79. Reading 4 has helped me by introducing new ideas for DI. I plan to use to implement many of the concepts into my class as well as share new concepts with my peers.I appreciate the collaboration but also believe double entries after reading of chapters was not productive and the purpose did not develop my understanding further. The hours for this class were too long and draining in my opinion. I suggest 8:30 to 2:00 and allow for a log in at home to confirm the time required to complete the class. The course can be improved if MDCPS will upgrade their server to handle what is required of employees/teachers and students.

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  80. It did increase my knowledge a great deal. Now , I am able to effectively plan a lesson showing differentiated instruction. I also learned different strategies that can be incorporated in my lesson to increase comprehension among struggling learners.

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  81. The Reading Competency 4 Differentiated Instruction was so entertaining, informative and filled with knowledge. The intended targets was met by providing me with information that I will be able to utilize in the 2015-2016 school year. Ms. G. Moton did an exceptional job!

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  82. •To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The Professional Development increase my knowledge and learning experience in identifying Gifted students.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    In my opinion. the objectives have exceeded my expectations. Mr. Clarin was an amazing instructor.
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    One suggestion is that dismissal time should be 3:00 or 3:30

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  83. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    I have a much better understanding of Asperger's and Autism in general.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    This professional learning session has by far superseded my expectation. The instructor presented the information in a dynamic manner which made the class very enjoyable.
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    I really don't have much feedback. I have nothing but great thing to say about the class. I suppose it's 20% content, 80% instructor. Amazing, well-informed instructor!!!

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  84. Gifted Endorse Special Populations of Gifted Students-Mr. Clarin

    To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge? It increased my knowledge and experience about the myths about Gifted Students.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives? It taught me additional strategies that I will be able to incorporate into my classroom.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement: Mr. Clarin was phenomenal and made the class both fun and educational. I will take with me everything that he taught us and apply it to my classroom. I wouldn't change anything!!!

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  85. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This professional learning increased my knowledge by making me more aware of the importance of tolerance and acceptance.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    This professional learning did meet its intended objectives. I truly enjoyed the class and learned many new strategies.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement:
    I suggest this course should start earlier and end earlier.

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  86. The professor has shown knowledge of the subject. She delivered instruction effectively. In a word,, I truly received enough information to make me a better reading teacher. This class was truly a big asset for me for the upcoming school year.

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  87. •To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    I will be more sensitive to the diversities in my classroom and will ensure everyone is treated equally by one another.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    I think I really learned a great deal about each objective, gender, ELL, SPED, and Race, Ethnicity and Culture within the gifted population. I feel empowered that what I learned will impact my class positively.
    ••Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    I believe we should have an extra 30 minutes for lunch. Therefore, the class should start at 8:00am.

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  88. 1. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    I learned a variety of strategies to accommodate the special populations or diverse gifted students I have in my classroom.
    2. To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    This professional development went beyond meeting its intended objective. I learned so many new strategies and more information about special populations in general.

    3. Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    The only feedback I have for improvement is to award credit for completed courses in a more timely manner. I completed a course in April that I still have not been awarded credit for.

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  89. The Teaching the Diverse Populations of Gifted was an incredibly informative course. Professor Clarin did a great job informing us and engaging us with creative group projects. Now I feel confident in my ability to- not only acknowledge a child's giftedness- but to assist in their acquisition of my learning targets. I now understand how important it is to have a diversified classroom that fosters tolerance, empathy and compassion for the intricacies of each child's learning needs. I feel empowered by this course. Great Job!

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  90. Reading Endorsement Competency 4: D.I.
    Ms. Glenda B. Moton

    First of all, I would like to take a moment to thank the administration of CPL for the initiative of helping teachers achieve their career goals. Further more, it was a pleasure participating in this course "Reading Endorsement Competency 4" Differentiated Instruction not only the content, support, and activities were on point but the instructor was amazing. This course just implemented what I have been doing in class, so it was a review and encouragement to keep on teaching what I best know. this professional learning has met its intended objectives in the extent that everybody walked out with their individual needs met. My suggestions are about the time, it would have been better if the time was 8:30 AM through 2:30 PM. With the amount of work that we have to produce it becomes overwhelming to grasp the essential at the end of the day because the day is too long. It could be more days but less hours a day.
    Thanks!

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  91. The reading endorsement 4 gave a better picture how to approach students with different cultural background like being more sensitive to address their needs. Also,, it allows to reflect back on the way I have been teaching for the past years in order to make changes.

    - I would suggest that the director being more sensitive when it comes to teachers that register to take classes through professional development. thirty minutes would not kill anyone. Like last week I have a sick dad that needed to go the doctor, and could not leave early , consequently , he ended up missing his appointment due to rules established by professional development office. you guys have to take into considerations family emergency, Sometimes things happen. The hours are too long. 8:30-3:3:30 is fine .All away to 4:30 , come on

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  92. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    Ms. Moton did a tremendous job ensuring the information taught in this class was clear and understandable. She also ensured that you not only knew the information, but was able to demonstrate the knowledge learned.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    My objective was to learn as much as possible about differentiating instruction. That objective was exceeded.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    The class was organized and very well instructed.

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  93. Reading Competency 1 (With Ms. Ellen Clark)
    • To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This professional learning course has been a great refresher for the "the Big 6" and it's components and applications to the classroom. This course has definitely helped me focus on different aspects and implications of the big 6 while seeing them in action in the classroom through videos and hands-on experiences.
    • To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    I believe this course exceeded the expectations I had previously had. I expected more of a lecture-driven course. I am a more hands-on learner and Ms. Clark has definitely made this course more interesting through hands-on activities, independent study time, and group activities.
    • Feedback and suggestions for Improvement . . .
    Like some of my other colleagues taking this course, I would've preferred for this course to be dismissed a little earlier and had been assigned work to do at home rather than in class. That way, the hours would balance out and the credit hours will still be met.

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  94. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This professional learning course will positively impact my teaching in the gifted classroom since I have been introduced to many, many theories and creativity/learning strategies that will encourage all of my learners to explore their creativity. I was able to better understand the importance of "creativity and exploration" being weaved into the curriculum.
    The professional learning exceeded its intended objectives because it not only provided information and theory, etc., but many opportunities to interact with other professionals and listen to and share ideas on how to implemenet what we were learning in this course and actually use it in the classroom.
    As far as feedback and suggestions, I would have liked to have seen more correlations to standards and curriculum in the classroom, and how to weave all these wonderful strategies and theories to encourage and nurture creativity in the classroom.

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  95. 1-This professional development has taught me valuable things about teaching students. We have shared experiences from our classrooms that are enriching us. Next school year, I will use some of the strategies and knowledge that I have learned in this class to make my teaching more efficient. The instructor Dr. del Rio is amazing and is really in-tune with today's classrooms and has gone above and beyond relating to each teacher and every one of our concerns and questions in class. She has shared many different ways of accommodating our students as well as the many ways to properly evaluate and test our students.

    2- This professional development activity has taught me new teaching techniques, which I can use if called upon to teach the foundation of reading. There were new strategies that I learning about each component of reading. For me, this course has been a success!

    3- I hope next summer MDCPS will be able to offer more endorsement classes, because in this way educators can have the opportunity to take these classes during the summer while not working. It was an extremely interesting endorsement. The professional development kept us all engaged and actively learning!!!

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  96. My PD instructor was enthusiastic, energetic, and very knowledgeable of her subject area. With her diverse resources, the face to face and hands on interaction, and collaboration with other teacher of different areas and grade level, has exposed me to numerous activities that I have and will use in my gifted class. It is a blessing to have had this free class in the Summer.

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  97. 1- This professional development taught me the importance of student culture being incorporated into the classroom. This will ultimately allow the student to be more encouraged to engage in classroom activities because they are feeling as valued members of the classroom.
    2- The various activities in the classroom allowed us to think deeply about our manner of addressing student culture. The activities gave us the opportunity to incorporate our views about our own culture and identify with our students' cultures. This PD gave us more awareness of all of the differences.
    3- Possible provide these courses online.

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  98. I learn in this workshop that students need to learn both visible and invisible culture in their instruction. They need to be taught how to recognize socially acceptable behavior and language and when to use this behavior and language. ELL students are at risk for alienation from their peers, misunderstanding by their teachers, and lost opportunities if they are not aware of cultural norms. They need to pay attention to politeness routines, social status, and expressions used in everyday conversations. Students must then identify why certain expressions were used while others were not in various situations. Students must use their gained knowledge when communicating with others. Students must learn when it is appropriate to use certain expressions. They will also need to recognize how each person felt during and after each interaction using nonverbal clues.


    The ESOL students should observe communication they see at home, on the bus, in a grocery store, or any public setting. Students could keep a log of what they notice and then bring it to the ESOL classroom so all classmates can discuss their observations. They can also tell about their speaking skills from their own conversations. Students will have multiple opportunities to observe communication. Students will become more aware of sociocultural norms.

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  99. My instructor Mrs. Girolama Gelsomino-Seaborn was excellent and very knowledgeable on the subject area. I learned a lot not only about how to implement specific strategies in my classroom, but I personally learned a lot about different cultures and it has made me more culturally sensitive and aware.






















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    1. It was one of the most interactive ,discussion oriented class and am grateful to our Instructor for providing us with this opportunity.The course was highly educational, informative and thought provoking. We got an insight to different cultural backgrounds and became aware of the difficulties students face when they come to our classrooms from different parts of the world. we were able to understand our students better and will be able to provide them with an ideal environment for learning.

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  100. The professor has shown knowledge of the subject. She delivered instruction effectively. In a word,, I truly received enough information to make me a better reading teacher. This class was truly a big asset for me for the upcoming school year.

    I would suggest that The workshops go back to the way they use to be for 5 days instead of 7, and until 3:30 instead of 4:30. A regular working day is until 3:35, not 4:30. The hours are too long. 8:30-3:3:30 is fine.

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  101. I had the pleasure of taking Cross Cultural Communications wiith Mimma Gelsomino-Seaborn! Mrs. Seaborn was knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of engaging us through the use of various resources and engaging conversations. My colleagues and I were able to learn about various cultures and discuss how we as educators can improve our instruction to reach these particular students.

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  102. My PD instructor Ms. Gelsomino-Seaborn was very knowledgeable of her subject area. She was very encouraging and enthusiastic. She provided us with diverse resources and strategies to take back to our classrooms. During our time together she provided us with numerous activities that we could use with our different ESOL level students in the classroom.This PD provided me with other opportunities to learn from my colleagues and share ideas on how to implement what we learned in our classrooms. I will definitely use many of the strategies provided in the course with my students to enhance their learning. This professional development course kept all of us actively learning individually and in group settings.

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  103. This professional development course has allowed me to broaden my perspective on what is culturally acceptable and not acceptable in other countries. This is important as an educator because education should not be something that is discriminatory toward anyone. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn no matter how different they may be.
    Participating in this professional learning activity has met every intended objective because it has taught me how important it is to research the backgrounds of the classroom community and how this can affect the students receptiveness of embracing our culture also.
    I really enjoyed the classroom interactions.

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  104. This 7-day intensive P.D. increased my knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of creativity education. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose as a gifted educator. I am excited to go back to my classroom and implement some of the strategies I've learned. I simply cannot imagine taking this course online. The face-to-face interaction was an invaluable learning tool. I hope that the district considers offering more 7-day intensive endorsement courses in the future.

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  105. It gave me an opportunity to interact with others and get more ideas. These ideas will allow students to use their creativity and demonstrate their knowledge in their own unique ways.

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  106. After attending the Guidance and Counseling program I have learned how to help the gifted children in my class. This class met the intend objectives through hands on activities. I loved this class!! Mr. Sanchez is an amazing instructor.

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  107. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This PD increased my knowledge from a level 1 to a level 10. I learned so much about Guidance counseling for gifted children. I also received a lot of resources from the instructor and classmates.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    The various objectives in the class were stated in the beginning in the course and were covered throughout the 7 day course. The objectives were completely covered.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    Please continue to keep these wonderful instructors.

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  108. Guidance and Counseling gave me lots of information regarding the teaching and learning of the gifted population. I was particularly intrigued as I learned about the social emotional needs of the gifted population This new information will allow me to better serve my students. Elmo Sanchez Jr. is a wonderful professor who taught in a positive way that motivated each of us to have a desire to learn!

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  109. This professional development course was highly effective. The instructor provided a positive environment for learning. All learning objectives were covered in a creative and innovative manner. He provided a wealth of hands-on activities which will be incorporated directly into my classroom next year.

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  110. The course Guidance and Counseling has given me opportunity to gain knowledge and learn about different resources in order to engage children who are gifted and guide them towards success.

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  111. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    It is always great to interact with other professionals in person for any course. I've learned a lot and will definitely use the materials and ideas in my classroom at the start of the new school year. Our professor introduced us with a plethora of information and ideas for different activities that we can use with our students. There are so many different areas of reading that one doesn't realize to address after so many years of not being involved in it. I'm glad I got to take this course for further knowledge and reinforcement.

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  112. Course: Guidance and Counseling for the Gifted
    1. The professional development increased my knowledge of the gifted tremendously. I am able to understand, identify and implement strategies for gifted students. Along with this, I am able to work with the students to better understand their developmental level,intellectual, developmental, and physical as to better assist them with their strengths and provide accomdations/modifcations for their weaknesses.

    2.This professional learning exceeded my objectives,throught the stategies, and activities that was implemented and presented.
    3. The course was great and I commend the instructor for such an amazing job. It is the first course I have taken in a long while and have enjoyed and felt that I can really use the information to be a better teacher. I do think regular education teachers should take atleast one of these courses to be able to identify and understand gifted children because the misconception that some teachers have is these students have to great academically all around to be identified as gifted.

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  113. Mr. Sanchez did a phenomenal job presenting the course material in this 60 credit class. Since I am an elementary guidance counselor, I look forward to sharing his inventive tips and strategies with my K-5 students.

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  114. My learning scale improved from 10 to 100 in this 7 day course. His hands-on learning approach, icebreakers, and movie clips were invaluable in obtaining information during this course

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  115. I feel that this professional development has given me more knowledge of the gifted standards applied to gifted education and how to use them for the education of gifted learners. Improvements can be made in choosing the location. There are not nearly enough parking spots for all the teachers here to take these PDs being offered.

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  116. The professional development has empowered me with more strategies to better assist my students. I have a chance to be actively engaged in creative group work. This way I can use the same approach with my students.

    The objectives were clear and very well implemented.

    I have realized that the hours were longer than my typical working hours.

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  117. Theory and Development of Creativity was the best gifted endorsement course by far! We were introduced to various theorists and skills that truly correlate to the gifted standards and can be applied across the curriculum. Teacher made it highly interactive and interesting! Loved it!

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  118. Theory and Development of Creativity with Ms. Nudd was the best gifted class I have attended. We learned about the different theorists and how their ideas can be translated into tangible creative lessons we can actually use with our students. It absolutely met the expectations of us bringing creativity and higher order thinking into the classrooms. I have never taken a course where I learned more and can concretely use the information given. Ms. Nudd should train all the future instructors of this course.

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  119. ESOL - Testing and Evaluation instructed by Dr. Castillo-Monroy was very informative. She helped to put everything into prospective by explaining how to successfully teach a class with various ESOL levels. The group presentation was also helpful because we were able to get pointers for different grade levels and subject areas. It helped to know that other teachers have similar issues.

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  120. After being bombarded with so much testing these past few months, undeniably I had dreaded attending a course related to the topic; yet I knew it was inevitable. Thankfully Dr. Castillo-Monroy has been a “breath of fresh air”. This course has in deed provided a wealth of information related to our ELL students, has certainly been engaging, interactive, and most importantly productive.

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  121. This was a great course to have in summer. Especially with Ms. Nudd as our instructor. Her personality and way of teaching this course really keeps you going on all these long days. I've learned so much about Creativity in this course and so many activities I can implement in my classroom. Ms. Nudd has been amazing and I would love to take all other gifted courses with her. Suggestion: Add an extra day and shorten the days by one hour. It really makes a difference.

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  122. I just finished with the course Gifted: Creativity. Our professor was very helpful in every aspects of the course. With the required course research, class activities, and teacher collaboration, and the professor's expertise in the subject of Gifted & Creativity I have learned new and improved strategies that I will surely be able to pass on to my students during class.

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  123. I feel that the PD helped me understand a bit more of the needs of the Gifted students in my class. It helped me see reasons they may not be as engaged with some material as they are with other material and helped me realize how to recognize that and to work and adjust my methods accordingly.

    On a scale of 1-10, I would give it around a 7. A lot of time was focused on the history of the gifted program and not so much on the actual NEEDS of the gifted students or on strategies to use to help meet those needs.

    No immediate feedback other than this.

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  124. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    -The professional development on the gifted was very interesting to me. My knowledge on the gifted has definitely grown, as well as my understanding of the different populations. I think that much of the course centers on a lot of gifted 'theory' and not enough on how to apply it in the classroom. The Creativity class is possibly the most interesting one and the one that I will be taking the most out of. After creativity, probably the Populations class has the most to offer. Those two courses seem to me to be the most diverse and interesting. The other three, Nature/Needs, Counceling, and Curriculum, blend in so much. It seems like its the same information over and over. There hasn't been anything in those classes that make them stand out or any new knowledge that differentiates them in my mind.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    -They met the objectives of giving me a better understand of the gifted and their own unique situations and differences within the group.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    -Think the Gifted Endorsement can definitely be cut down. You don't need 5 classes to understand the ideas, content, and strategies that we get out of these courses. Many I believe can be blended together, such as nature and needs with special populations. Curriculum and creativity could also be taught together. That way we get full experiences within the classes and a better understanding of the curriculum.

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  125. 1.To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The professional learning Nature and Needs course helped me better understand the diversity of gifted students. It taught me that although many of them may be gifted in some areas they might not be as quick of a learner on other areas. Also due to pressures of fitting into the typical gifted mold, many students may in fact underachieve in school even more so than we could have ever imagined or expected.
    2.To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Thus far, I feel more knowledgeable to the Needs of the Gifted I have truly enjoyed this class and the teacher of the course Mr. R. Paula was very well versed in the strategies that could be used to both challenge and motivate the students.
    3.Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    One main suggestion is to have more of these courses available, particularly during the summer when we have more time to fully dedicate our attention to the information being given.

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  126. * To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?

    This PD has allowed me to increase my understanding of the gifted learner. It has allowed me to develop an understanding of the differences and nuances of the talented and gifted.
    * To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?

    The intended objectives were met in their entirety.
    They were able to describe the characteristics of the gifted and talented and their differences.

    * Feedback and suggestions for improvement.

    Have more varied professional development classes for gifted endorsement during the summer and varied times. (NOT ALL IN JUNE, ON THE SAME WEEK!!!!!)

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  127. To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    My knowledge about gifted learners increased to the point were I am now able to identify and meet the needs of my gifted learners in a more effective and faster way.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    The intended objectives were met. The PD was engaging and I learned a lot from it.


    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.

    More summer PDs should be offered.

    Again,

    MORE SUMMER PDs SHOULD BE OFFERED.

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  128. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The professional development courses offered in the Gifted Endorsement program really helped increase my knowledge of the characteristics and needs of the gifted. It gave me a stronger insight to the different factors that need to be taken into consideration when dealing with the gifted and how to make learning more valuable and engaging for them.
    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    I believe the intended objectives for the Nature and Needs class were met. It provided valuable insight of the gifted population and how to keep them motivated in their learning.
    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    Some suggestions for improvement would include more hands on activities, similar to those in the Gifted Creativity classes...activities that we can then transfer into our own classrooms. I would also utilize more technology as well (not just movies).

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  129. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    I am better able to identify gifted students and how gifted learners receive services.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    The course gave further clarification on achieving gifted learners versus underachieving gifted learners and what are some strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    My overall experience has been very positive. The instructor was very knowledgeable and the class room discussion were very dynamic and useful.

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  130. • To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    Attach theorist to ideas and practices I already had

    • To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Different ways in being creative in the classroom

    • Feedback and suggestions for improvement
    Focus on quality instead of quantity, lately it feels like jumping from one activity to another without finishing the previous one. There is not a sense of success just more work

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  131. To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?

    This professional learning increased my knowledge to the extent that I learned new strategies and got new ideas from working and listening to colleagues.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?

    The professional learning met its intended objectives by providing useful, research-based strategies and ideas to assist teachers in the testing and evaluation of student language acquisition.

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    1. Competency 4 increased my knowledge of how to implement effective differentiated instruction. Mrs. M. Rodriquez made the course engaging bysharing both researched based strategies and practical strategies she's used in her class. Each meeting was filled with relevant information and hands on activities which helped give the class a better understanding of the content. This is by far the BEST competency course that I have taken. To improve any professional development it would be nice to have the handouts or power points available ahead of time so that everything is not a cold read. There was a lot of information to be shared in 7 days and I'm sure once I review my notes, I will have additional questions.

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  132. Professional learning increased my knowledge because I learned new strategies to make DI more effective in my classroom. The professional learning met its intended objectives by providing different ideas, and research to back up the ideas provided. The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient.

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    1. The Reading Endorsement: Competency 4-Application of Differentiated course was Highly Effective. Mrs. Merleen Rodriguez our instructor presented each day with enthusiasm and rigor, because of her, I now understand What is DI? The How and Why DI it is Important to do daily. This course has increase my knowledge for level 5 through 10. I believe,the professional learning met its intended objectives by providing different strategies and research based evidence.The instructor was knowledgeable to answer questions as they arose in class. My suggestions for improvement in the professional development are for current DI video on Teaching Tube or education site and flexible schedule of reading endorsement courses during the year. It not fair to register and not show up to class or being on wait list until some one drops. Let's be considerate of others.

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  133. Curriculum and Materials Development -Alina Miret

    The professional learning increased my knowledge by providing me numerous resources and options which will allow me to differentiate instruction for ELL students at all levels of English language acquisition.

    The professional learning met its objectives by providing information and engaging me in activities that enhanced my understanding of the needs of ELLs.

    I would suggest that in the future a supply list be given to teachers before attending class. If teachers had more supplies to work with, they coulf be more creative and engaged in the in-class activities.

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  134. ESOL Curriculum and Materials was beneficial to me in that I was able to glean effective tools for reaching my unique ELL population. My colleagues and instructor shared their best practices with me and inspired me to implement new strategies. I believe these ESOL courses need to be re-evaluated to condense the material and hours required for completion. Educators need support, not superfluous burdens, in maintaining high professional standards.

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  135. •To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This PD will assist me in supplementing different reading techniques into my biology classes. The class gave me different hands on and visual activities that will assist my different types of learners in class.

    •To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    This PD fully met the set of objectives.

    •Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    Continue to hire/use great teachers like Ms. Veneshia Gonzalez who have great knowledge on the topics! She provided valuable feedback on activities that we can use in all of our classes.

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  136. This professional development has taught me very much about the foundations of teaching reading. I have learned many new strategies that I can't wait to implement in my class. I think my students will greatly benefit from my training.

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  137. I just finished reading comp 2. Ms. Veneshia Gonzalez in Miami Dade County is the guru of reading strategies. I will be able to take her instruction and create fun, engaging and interactive lessons for my students to ensure that they are not only reading on level, but I will be able to scaffold and build up my lower readers! Can't wait to get back in the classroom! Hurry up summer! I have teaching to do!

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  138. I have just completed the Reading Competency 2 course. As a high school teacher, basic reading instruction is not necessarily something that is on the forefront as I plan curriculum, but due to the information in this course I have learned tools to incorporate these strategies right into existing lessons. The instructor did a fantastic job incorporating current research as support for the learning strategies taught in class. I truly enjoyed this course and have a whole new toolbox of strategies to use in my classroom. The only improvement I would make is to limit the amount of lengthy tangents that attendees tend to go off on. Brief ones tend to be informational and typically helpful, but there were just a couple times it went for too long.

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  139. The reading endorsement classes with Mrs. Gonzalez have been very beneficial to my education as a teacher. I have been able to acquire more than enough strategies to put in my tool box of reading resources. I now feel more confident in teaching reading strategies because this class has either introduced new strategies or validated strategies that I currently use in the classroom. I believe that this professional development met its objective.

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  140. Reading Competency 2 - Application of Research Based Strategies

    This professional development helped me really break down the parts of reading instruction and see the foundation from which my students come. I now have several strategies to target specific weak points in my classroom, and can understand how to integrate the 6 basic competencies into my curriculum with relative ease of access. I feel like this course did exactly what it was designed to do. I wish every educator could receive such quality support for their classroom. As far as improvement, I would consider condensing the material to a 5-day workshop, in order to keep pacing engaging.

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  141. This professional learning gave me great insight into the importance of reading and teaching reading. We have a great need for our teachers in all subjects to attend to the students needs for teaching. This professional development met the intended objective for me and it was a great investment of my time. The amount of work that I experienced was adequate and sufficient for the content.

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  142. The course I took this summer provided some interesting opportunities to explore different ways of infusing creativity into my classroom. The instructor, Ms. Parrondo, shared some products that we could easily infuse into our lesson plans. This will allow me to enrich my gifted students' experience in the classroom.

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  143. Theory and Development of Creativity
    To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    The endorsement course gave me great insight on the need of the gifted.
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    All of the objectives were met and now I am aware of a variety of activities I can use to enrich the creativity of my gifted students.
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    I would suggest that the department offer more classes throughout the school year.

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  144. The professional development helped me see my students in a new way. I am excited to return to the classroom and implement all I learned about multiple intelligences and the many strategies I can use to prime my students' creative pumps. The development met its objectives. Not only did I learn about developing my students' creativity, but I am motivated to explore and develop my own creativity. This can only benefit my students. I would appreciate having more access to these courses. I have benefited greatly from them.

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  145. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    This professional learning class gave me the tools needed to better understand the gifted population.
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives? This course gave me knowledgeable information on how to plan and implement thematic units for the gifted students.
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    I know there are budget constraints, but it would be great if these classes would be offered to those that would like to take them to enhance their teaching skills.

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  146. To what what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?
    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?
    Feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    * The gifted endorsement creativity class I am currently finishing has been impactful in several ways. The teacher was very educated and knowledgeable in many areas related to all aspects discussed in reference to creativity. I would suggest maybe a guest speaker to come to the class that is closely related to a specific topic. In general, I feel the course was a very great, fun, educational class and the instructor was wonderful.

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  147. To what extent did the professional learning increase your knowledge?

    I learned to be more observant/sensitive when it comes to a child's independent level of creativity. In addition, I learned of many new creative ways to enrich my students.

    To what extent did the professional learning meet its intended objectives?

    This course met its intended objectives as creativity concepts were taught as well as means to inspire creativity in students.

    Feedback and suggestions for improvement

    I feel like these courses should be made five days long even if thirty more minutes are added to each session. This will really benefit parents who have their kids at daycare (paying a week long because of two days).

    Thank you so much for all!

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  148. This professional development has been a wonderful way to gain knowledge, share best practices, and get a "refresher" on strategies and ideas that we may have "set aside" and forgotten about. It has been a wonderful experience.
    This course is titled Creativity. That is exactly what the instructor has ignited in all of her participants. The only wish I have for improvement is that there were more courses available to take during the summer.
    Thank you Zuni. :-)

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  149. I will include progress monitoring so, that I am able to consistently monitor whether my students are meeting their needs.
    I will utilize the RTI process more effectively to enhance students achievement.
    I feel this course has met all the requirements. Thank you!

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  150. I will be able to develop better lesson plans, be more creative in my teachings and assess my students in a variety of ways. This class was very informative, the instructor provided us a wealth of knowledge. More courses need to be offered over the summer, otherwise a great experience.

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  151. I am feel really satisfied with the workshop as I gained a myriad of knowledge regarding assessment and how the impact of not knowing in which level the students should be placed to meet their reading needs. I would suggest that these reading workshop are provided more frequent for those who really need to comply with requirements. My students will certainly benefit as I will implement different strategies and activities that were thoroughly taught.

    Thanks!!!!!!!

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  152. The instruction was engaging and informative. My colleagues were very cooperative. It was great to work in such environment.

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  153. I learned about reading strategies and many different assessment that are available for progress monitoring. I learned how to implement RTI and the Gradual Release Model. The instructor was creative, informative, and welcoming. More classes should be offered over the summer. My experience was amazing!

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  154. Our instructor had a lot of enthusiasm and a passion for teaching. It was a pleasure to learn from her. My classmates were also wonderful to work with. I look forward to completing my other endorsement courses.

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  155. The professional learning increased my knowledge of gifted curriculum and the 7 program goals. Interacting with peers provided fresh ideas I could bring into my classroom next year. CPALMS training was thorough and applicable and I'm looking forward to implementing lessons retrieved from CPALMS in my classroom next year.

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  156. The professional learning I took in in mdcps increased my knowledge of gifted students, It helped me see how i can recognize certain traits that apply to gifted students. The` program also provided information on how different every gifted child is, and i should accommodate that into my curriculum. As a teacher i plan on having different methods of teaching to help out all my different types of students.

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  157. Course: Nature and Needs, Gifted
    Instructor: Elmo Sanchez, Jr.

    This professional development has increased my knowledge of the various types of Gifted students we have in our classrooms. Not only did Mr. Sanchez meet the intended objectives of this course, he helped us surpass them with all of the creative products we were able to do. We learned so much that will benefit our gifted students as well as us as educators. The only suggestion I have is that more courses are offered over the summer and that credit is awarded quicker.

    Mr. Sanchez rocks!

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  158. The professional learning increased my knowledge because I learned how to properly use differentiated instruction in the classroom.

    The professional development did meet its intended objectives. For instance, I learned how to properly accommodate my gifted students.

    I do not have any suggestions for improvement.

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  159. The professional development I took with Elmo Sanchez this summer helped me to realize some of the different needs of my gifted students I hadn't known about before. The different projects and presentations opened my eyes and mind to a different kind of creativity. I can't wait to implement these in my classroom next year!

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  160. The professional development increased my knowledge of gifted programs, diverse needs of students, and different styles of learning of gifted students. Mr. Sanchez was my instructor and he and this course exceeded my expectations! I learned more about the nature and needs of the gifted that expected. Mr. Sanchez was amazing!!!

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  161. MDCP professional development helped me analyze student achievement data during the
    school year to immediately identify learning problems, develop solutions, and promptly apply those solutions to address students’ needs. It also provides me with ongoing opportunities to improve my knowledge and skills so I can help students achieve. When educators learn, students learn more.
    In addition, in order to motivate teachers to continue learning and looking for ways to reach our students, we need to have professors like Mr. Elmo Sanchez who not only teaches us but models for us with daily rigor, enthusiasm and genuine desire to educate us. We are lucky to have him!

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  162. The professional development increased my knowledge in the process of how to become a gifted student and the different learning styles.
    The PD met its intended objectives by teaching me on characteristics to effectively identify and instruct gifted students.
    Elmo Sanchez has been an amazing instructor. I have been lucky to take all 4 out of my 5 gifted endorsement courses with him. In the future, I will be looking for his name when signing up for a PD.

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  163. The pd elaborated in great detail on the characteristics and needs of a range of gifted students. In my opinion it successfully met with its intended objectives. The quality of the instructors knowledge is exemplary.

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  164. The professional development (pd) based on the nature and needs of then gifted, helped me debunk some of the misunderstandings and misconceptions that exist about gifted learners. As a result I am better able to identify these learners, their learning styles, and I cater to their individual needs.
    This pd met all of its intended objectives while keeping the participants engaged and entertained while helping us attain an understanding of our gifted populations and how we can apply this in our classrooms.

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  165. After completing this PD I have learned various needs of the gifted population. The professor Elmo Sanchez was able to explain/show us different typical vs. atypical gifted characteristics. He was also able to explain the different needs and challenges that gifted students can have while giving us creative ideas in order to motivate them all. This lead me to think of various creative ideas in order to keep my students motivated in the learning process. For example, I plan on eliminating boredom by minimizing repetition and increase student independence in my classroom.

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  166. The Nature and Needs Gifted endorsement course taught by Professor Elmo Sanchez Jr. has been extraordinarily amazing! I can't wait to get back into my classroom to implement the strategies and resources I have acquired throughout this course. Mr. Sanchez has truly modeled the functionality of a differentiated classroom by fostering an environment where each individual can thrive based on their personal strengths. I can only hope to create the same openness Mr. Sanchez as modeled throughout this PD in my own classroom. As a result of taking this course, I have a broader understanding of the history of gifted education and how to cater to my students individual needs, no matter what their cultural background or exceptionalities may be. I only wish more gifted courses where offered during the summer months. I like to build on the momentum created by this course and continue learning and growing as a teacher.

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  167. The professional learning increased my knowledge of the nature and needs of gifted students significantly, due to the introduction of resources and concepts that elucidate the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of gifted learners.

    The professional learning sufficiently met its intended objectives.

    I have no suggestions for improvement of the course. Mr. Sanchez is amazing!

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  168. 1. This summer's professional learning has increased my basic knowledge of gifted students and their needs. I came here believing that gifted students only fit one category, but realized that in fact gifted students are very unique individuals who can display an array of personalities.

    2. This professional learning has meet its intended objectives, such as understanding the evolution of the gifted program in the United States and understanding the nature of gifted students.

    3. Mr. Sanchez, I have no suggestions for improvement. In this class we certainly learn by doing, and that's the best way to learn.

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  169. Over the course of a week I was enrolled and took the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Student professional development with Mr Elmo Sanchez Jr. The course was very interesting and was presented well. Elmo really helped me realize that there is so much more to Gifted Education then what meets the eye. I learned new and interesting ways to incorporate all of my Gifted students, no matter what their culture or backgrounds are.
    He taught me how I can more accurately analyze student achievement data during the
    school year and how to immediately identify learning problems, develop solutions, and promptly apply those solutions to address students’ needs. It also provides me with ongoing opportunities to improve my knowledge and skills so I can help students achieve. I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to interact with such a spirited educator who truly cares for his students and their needs. I will definitely be taking every course that Elmo is teaching. =)

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  170. The professional learning has increased my knowledge of the nature and the needs of students. This course has expanded my knowledge of understanding that gifted students have various fits. Each individual is unique and have different behaviors.

    The professional development met its intended objectives.

    Mr. Sanchez is exceptional. He taught the class with passion and is very knowledgeable.He created a positive environment and clearly taught us a lot making us excited about bringing these ideas to our own classroom!

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  171. Course: Special Populations of the Gifted
    Instructor: Elmo Sanchez, Jr.

    This professional development has increased my knowledge of the various types of Gifted students we have in our classrooms. Not only did Mr. Sanchez meet the intended objectives of this course, he helped us surpass them with all of the creative products we were able to do. We learned so much that will benefit our gifted students as well as us as educators. The only suggestion I have is that more courses are offered over the summer and that credit is awarded quicker.

    Mr. Sanchez, you are an amazing instructor and overall person! It has been an absolute pleasure being a student in your class. I am confident that all I have learned in your courses will benefit my students and parents! You're awesome sauce!

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  172. This professional development helped me learn more about different disabilities and students that are dual exceptional. Elmo Sanchez more than surpassed the intended objectives. He always goes above and beyond in his classes. I had the great opportunity to have Mr. Sanchez for all 5 of my gifted endorsement classes. He is amazing!

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  173. The professional development helped increase my knowledge. I learned about the characteristics of the special population gifted students in the classroom.

    The professional development met its intended objectives since we were able to put what we learned into practice as well as learn from our fellow teachers.

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  174. Course: Special Populations of the Gifted
    Instructor: Elmo Sanchez, Jr.

    Over the course of a week I was enrolled and took the Special Populations of Gifted Student PD coure with Mr Elmo Sanchez Jr. The course was very interesting and was presented well. Elmo really helped me realize that there is so much more to Gifted Education then what meets the eye. I learned new and interesting ways to incorporate all of my Gifted students, no matter what their culture or backgrounds are.

    He taught me how I can more accurately analyze student achievement data during the
    school year and how to immediately identify learning problems, develop solutions, and promptly apply those solutions to address students’ needs. It also provides me with ongoing opportunities to improve my knowledge and skills so I can help students achieve.

    I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to interact with such a spirited educator who truly cares for his students and their needs. I will be taking every course that i possibly can in which Elmo is the instructor. =)

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  176. This gifted endorsement course has opened up my mind of how much more there is to the gifted population. I have gained so much knowledge on how to implement different strategies in the classroom. Also have become aware of the signs a student can show that can be a gifted indicator.

    I refuse to take any course if Mr. Sanchez is not the instructor. He teaches with a lot of encouragement and is very creative of how he delivers the instruction to the class. Thank you for making it great!

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  177. The professional development on special populations of gifted learners prepared me to identify and accommodate my twice exceptional gifted learners as well as modify my instruction to students in the gifted population face several kinds of adversity.

    Mr. Sanchez did an exceptional job at conveying the facts in a way that kept us engaged and enables us to apply what we have learned in our class room. I was extremely fortunate to be able to participate in this PD and hope to be able to participate in other gifted PD's offered by Mr. Sanchez next summer.

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  178. Course: Special Populations of the Gifted
    Instructor: Elmo Sanchez, Jr.

    This professional learning class gave me the tools needed to better understand the gifted population I will be encountering in my classroom. This course gave me knowledgeable information on how to aid my students to succeed.

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  179. I really enjoyed how the Special Populations course integrating film into creating an awareness and relativity to real world situations. I enjoyed the small class setting and becoming more familiar with professional peers.

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  180. The Special Populations course made me aware of the different types of students that are enrolled in my class. I have gained knowledge that I will implement in my class this upcoming school year.

    Mr. Sanchez did a great job in teaching the course. He always kept us engaged and interested in the material being presented. I hope I am able to complete my certification with him next summer.

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  181. Mr. Elmo Sanchez is a very caring and knowledgable teacher and facilitator. After taking his course "Special Populations" I learned how to implement certain strategies to target a diversified group of gifted students within my classroom next year.

    All of my criteria was met and only made me more confident in my teaching method. As educators, we are constantly in a state of learning, and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to take this professional development.

    Elmo is a fantastic educator. I would love to complete my gifted courses with him.

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  183. 1. This PD has greatly increased my knowledge of gifted populations. For example, I had no idea that a student could be labeled both gifted and with a disability.

    2. The PD met its professional learning because it exposed me to the different factors that influence the behaviors and personalities of the gifted populations in my classes. This course has prepared me to further understand this population and implement meaningful activities to reach my students.

    3. Mr. Sanchez is an excellent educator. His classes are always engaging, thus making them very effective.

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  184. The Special Populations course allowed me to became aware of many of the issues that our students are facing today and how to help them succeed. Without a doubt I will become a better educator and mentor thanks to this course. Thank you Mr. Sanchez for making this course enjoyable by allowing us to understand the "big picture" of how important twice-exceptional students are to the future of our communities. The unrealized potential of students can mean immeasurable societal costs.

    In my opinion, this course should be a requirement for all educators. Everyone can benefit from the knowledge that can be gained in understanding the differences in our student population.

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