MOCTI – Mock Exam to Prepare Students for the NOCTI Practical Exam

Posted on Categories NOCTI Prep, Professional Development

At a Glance At Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructional coaches collaborated with CTE teachers to administer a mock NOCTI exam (MOCTI) to help students prepare for the NOCTI practical exam. Description The DCTS instructional coaches designed the MOCTI activity to better prepare students for the NOCTI exam. The experience provided teachers with insight on … Continue reading MOCTI – Mock Exam to Prepare Students for the NOCTI Practical Exam

Best Practices Summit Features Peer-to-Peer Learning

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At a Glance The Best Practices Summit at Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) is a peer-to-peer learning in-service that follows a typical conference schedule with large morning sessions and smaller afternoon break-out sessions at which professional staff members share best practices. Description The DCTS professional development committee designed the April Best Practices Summit to encourage … Continue reading Best Practices Summit Features Peer-to-Peer Learning

Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Professional Development

At a Glance The Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructional coaches developed Gamification, an inter-staff competition designed to encourage teachers to implement best instructional practices. Description To encourage teachers to work with instructional coaches and to promote the use of best practices, DCTS instructional coaches implement an optional professional staff competition called Gamification. The competition … Continue reading Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Differentiated and Personalized Professional Development

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At a Glance Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) offers professional development in-services that meet the needs of its diverse staff and give teachers voice and choice in their own learning. Description LCTI developed in-service options that address the wide-range of its instructors’ strengths and needs to help ensure professional development is relevant and valuable … Continue reading Differentiated and Personalized Professional Development

NOCTI BINGO

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep, Professional Development

At a Glance The literacy and math coaches at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute implemented a creative, BINGO-based professional development challenge to encourage instructors to use best teaching practices while preparing students for the NOCTI tests. Description In February 2019, the LCTI instructional coach and instructional technology specialist rolled out a voluntary NOCTI BINGO challenge … Continue reading NOCTI BINGO

FOCUS Team Provides Resources for Teachers

Posted on Categories Curriculum Planning, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

At a Glance A team of experienced teachers at Mercer County Career Center (MCCC) developed an internal warehouse of professional resources and instructional strategies for their peers to use. Description To support new teachers, MCCC Principal Aaron Kline spearheaded an initiative to create an inhouse professional warehouse of teaching resources and relevant forms that MCCC … Continue reading FOCUS Team Provides Resources for Teachers

Safe2Say Something Administrative Manual

Posted on Categories Communications, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

At a Glance The administrative director of Greene County Career & Technology Center (GCCTC) developed a comprehensive safety manual for staff members to help ensure they are aware of and follow the Act 44 safety requirements. Description Administrative Director Mark Krupa recognized a need for all GCCTC personnel to be aware of the Act 44 … Continue reading Safe2Say Something Administrative Manual

New Teacher Learning Walks

Posted on Categories Administrator Leadership, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

At a Glance At Franklin County Career & Technology Center (FCCTC), new teachers visit each CTE program within the school as part of four scheduled learning walks.  The walks provide teachers with an opportunity to observe instructional practices and resources used by more experienced teachers, and the walks teach them about the other programs. Description … Continue reading New Teacher Learning Walks

Mentor-Induction Program

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Berks Career and Technology Center: Mentor-Induction Program At a Glance Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) implemented a stand-alone, three-year induction program for new teachers. Highly organized and comprehensive in scope, the induction program is designed to guide and support new teachers through their first three years of teaching. Key components of the plan are … Continue reading Mentor-Induction Program