LAVALLETTE — In a collaborative day of sand and study, the Lavallette and Point Pleasant School Districts conducted its first annual “Teach at the Beach” event on Monday, beginning bright and early with breakfast and class at Point Pleasant High School before heading out to the beaches of Lavallette and Bay Head.
Scores of education professionals gathered in the auditorium at Point Boro to attend a presentation by Lavallette Superintendent/Principal Lisa Gleason, Point Pleasant Superintendent Adam Angelozzi and Point Pleasant Director of Curriculum and Instruction Christine McCoid. Afterward, the educators attended three workshops of their choice run by their peers.
The focus of the kickoff presentation was a concept Mr. Angelozzi called “collective teacher efficacy.” According to the presentation, collective teacher efficacy is the belief among teachers in a certain educational environment that they have skills to positively affect student outcomes.
Ms. Gleason told The Ocean Star that the day’s success was bolstered by the collaboration with Point Boro on Teach at the Beach.
“The day was a huge success in showcasing the collective talent of our combined staff in leading workshops for their colleagues in a variety of topics,” Ms. Gleason said.
She said teachers worked on development in numerous key areas of interest, including artificial intelligence in education, brain-based math-retention strategies, graphic design site Canva, literacy strategies and effective co-teaching models.
Following the workshops attended by all staff and faculty, around midday educators headed to the beaches in Lavallette and Bay Head, grouped with their colleagues in the same area of teaching or grade level, to share professional discussion “in high-yield instructional strategies and deep-engagement lessons,” said Ms. Gleason.
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