Summer Spotlights feature work that occurs over the summer to prepare for the next school year
While school ends in June, the work to prepare for the next school year continues throughout the summer.
From building maintenance to capital building projects and repairs, to professional development and learning - the summer months are filled with activity to ensure we bring our best to our students and families each fall.
Below are our Summer Spotlights highlighting just some of the work that has occurred over the summer.
Members of the Wauwatosa School Board and staff from District schools promoted their Tosa Schools pride by walking in the City of Wauwatosa's 4th of July Parade.
WSD Music Teacher Will Ulrich taught a World Music Drumming Workshop at the Remo Percussion World Headquarters in Valencia, California, as well as several other states around the country. He is also teaching a ukulele workshop next week in Waunakee at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. The workshop is intended for general music teachers that wish to integrate ukulele into their school music program.
The work toward achieving excellence in the classroom doesn't stop in the summer. Many of our educators continue to participate in professional development and learning.
Julie Martin, a fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, recently spent time with other educators in Madison at a Department of Public Instruction conference about Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies.
In June month six WSD elementary General Music teachers participated in a multicultural workshop called World Music Drumming.
Amanda Frier, Susan Merriman, Carolyn Atwell, Peggy Paar, Andrew Jacobson, and Will Ulrich learned techniques to deliver music lessons with a heightened awareness of cultural traditions through the workshop. Will takes the workshop each summer, while also teaching others around the country.
We asked Will to share three take-a-ways from the workshop and here's what he said:
-What may seem natural to one culture may not be natural in another.
-Everyone can make music. Through aural/oral tradition music-making is not just for the educated or academic musician.
-Without music, we have no culture. Without culture, we have no community.
Part of our five-year Strategic Plan for the District is to create and provide opportunities for students to learn about and interact with other cultures and countries and this is a great example of how some of our teachers are doing this through music. It also ties into our Equity work.
We're #tosaproud of the effort these educators made to bring improved learning experiences to our students.
In late July, all of Wauwatosa’s reading specialists participated in a leadership workshop on writing. The specialists learned about a collaborative process to analyze student writing that involves teachers, coaches, and principals. Main goals: identify patterns, trace the growth, attend to growth opportunities, and celebrate progress. (Pictured below)
In late July, several WSD Educators participated in ISummit, a three-day conference that provides professional learning for educators to develop inclusive practices to promote equity and access for all. Over the three days, participants have the opportunity to learn from national experts about strategies to create inclusive learning environments for all learners. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to hear and learn from individuals with disabilities who have experienced segregated learning experiences and now have become advocates for inclusion and equity. (Pictured Below)