If at the beginning of 2020, someone would have told me that I would spend the spring teaching my preschoolers virtually through a web platform named Zoom, I would never have believed it. Yet here we are, a half of a year past the initial shift in our society due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and some of us will still be teaching via Zoom or Teams or some other virtual method. Some of us are back in classrooms. Some of us are in limbo, waiting until the circumstances of our particular school allows us to return and connect with our students. One thing remains constant though, the need for teachers to connect with one another and continue their own education.
As you know, this past Spring, PACT made the unprecedented decision to cancel our Professional Development Day (PDD). And as the environmental climate in regards to large in-person gatherings remains much the same as it did in the spring, we have decided to offer our traditional fall PDD as a virtual 2 hour class, focused on helping children, and ourselves, deal with the effects of trauma. We will be led in this workshop by Helma Irving and Sapi Price from https://www.sheppardpratt.org/care-services/community-family-supports/.
The 2 hour fall PDD will be offered at two different times, Wednesday Oct 21, 2-4pm and Thursday October 22, from 7-9pm. A zoom link will be sent to registered members prior to each session. An online presenter evaluation and content assessment will be required to receive a certificate. The certificates will meet MSDE’s requirements for COK hours. The class is being offered FREE to past PACT members and current teachers of PACT associated schools.
The maximum number of participants for the session on 10/21 from 2-4pm is 90 and the maximum for 10/22 from 7-9pm is 85, so please register early to give yourself the best chance of getting your preferred session.
We are currently evaluating what format will work best for our Spring2021 PDD and will inform you all as soon as a decision are made and a membership fee is established.
As is tradition, several members of the PACT board changed positions at the end of the 2019-20 school year. We will need the membership to approve the new slate during the short business meeting portion of the Fall PDD. Please see below for the current PACT Board positions and members filling these positions. You will notice that we have a couple open positions and are looking for volunteers to step in and join us. Our meetings (usually 4 annually) are done either by phone or web platform. I find the professionals on the board amazing to work with and the work very gratifying.
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