Educators Engage in Virtual Professional Development

St. Bernard Middle School Teacher Danielle Williams-Woods teaches 6th grade social studies. She is collaborating with other teachers throughout the district on Zoom.

Educators throughout St. Bernard Parish School System recently participated in a series of professional developments. Unlike other years, teachers and staff collaborated with colleagues over Zoom around upcoming curriculum and instruction. 

Superintendent Doris Voitier said while the school system has had to rethink teacher training during COVID-19, days like these are critical in helping provide teachers the trainings they need to support students. 

“Today’s extraordinary circumstances have presented new challenges for our educators,” she said. “But our teachers, leaders, and support staff have met those challenges with the dedication and commitment to ensure our students thrive.”

School Board Members were also recently recognized for their completion of required training. Board members received their training certificates from the Louisiana School Boards Association recognizing their completion of the 6 hours of training and instruction completed. These trainings included topics such as school laws, laws governing the powers, duties and responsibilities of school boards, the Open Meetings law, and the Public Bid laws. 

School Board President Diana Dysart said it is important for the board to stay informed of the latest educational trends, research, and policy.

“The Board’s continued commitment and dedication to the students and staff of our parish is crucial to the success of our schools,” Dysart said. “We as a Board commend our administrators, teachers, and support personnel for working so diligently to continue to provide excellence in education during very unusual and difficult time of the pandemic. I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue to work alongside these amazing educators.”