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UCA’s Professional Development Team during zoom meeting.

As schools globally grappled with preparations for the 2020-2021 school year, UCA’s Professional Development Team quickly focused on the two “Ps” of “Platforms” and “Pedagogy” for online and blended learning which included Microsoft 365, Project Based Learning, Flipped Learning and Authentic Assessment. Teachers experienced remarkable success due to the ongoing support of the PD team and constant school-wide collaboration of instructional staff. PD team member Janna Chehayeb, remarked, “In keeping with our UCA belief that lifelong learning is important, teachers were ready to extend their own learning by connecting and collaborating with each other. They did not give up even when they experienced difficulty with certain concepts.” Comprised of teachers, academic coordinators and principals, the UCA PD Team was founded in 2017 for the explicit purpose of developing high-quality, prescriptive professional development, fostering collaboration and leveraging internal subject matter experts. Over the past four years, the team has developed into a cohesive unit, identifying areas where support is most needed, then designing and implementing PD modules that equip teachers to successfully address the needs of students while continuously building into and refining their practice throughout the school year. UCA is incredibly proud of this team and appreciative of their servant leadership!