While district students can enjoy a two more weeks of “freedom” this summer, elementary teachers will be back in class to brush up on their skills during a two-day “Summer Institute” starting Wednesday.
Walter Rogoza, math and science curriculum co-ordinator for the Rainy River District School Board, said a number of workshops have been planned, including a two-day one called “Destination Integration.”
“We have children’s authors Sherry Fitch and Mary Lou Findlay to come in and talk,” Rogoza remarked. “Wednesday will focus on encouraging children to write while Thursday will focus on reading.”
Other workshops include some computer training for teachers, as well as a half-day reading course for education assistants (taught by the board’s literacy co-ordinator Maureen Ricard), and math and science sessions led by Rogoza.
Depending on which sessions they attend, teachers will be in class at Fort Frances High School from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
An annual event for the past several years, “Summer Institute” is quite popular among teachers, said Rogoza, who’s expecting more than 80 teachers and education assistants to attend the various workshops.
As in past years, the teachers come from the local public and Catholic school boards, as well as the boards in Kenora and Dryden.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)