The classrooms throughout the Loveland City School District are mostly empty of students during the summer months – a perfect opportunity for teachers to continue learning. The Loveland City School District has partnered with the University of Cincinnati (UC) to bring online endorsement programs to teachers in the areas of reading, gifted education and online learning, at reduced tuition rates of at least 40 percent.
“We are in the people development business – teachers develop students and principals and administrators should be helping to develop teachers,” said Kimberly Miller, assistant superintendent, teaching and learning. “To focus on the learning of students you need to focus on learning of adults and there is always something to learn.”
In addition to the UC programs, the district is offering a course on implementing the Common Core Math Standards in the fall through iDiscovery and Miami University. The course is tailored to Loveland third through eighth grade teachers to support their understanding of the new standards.
“We are preparing students for a new world and we have to learn how to prepare them,” said Miller. “You have to be a continuous learner as an educator – and that applies to all levels. This fall, some members of the administration will be learning more about developing the structure to support Professional Learning Communities (PLC). The PLC structure will provide a system to support professional growth in our key areas for next year. These activities simply further strengthen an already high-performing team; the biggest winners will be our students.”