GDOE hosting curriculum and distance learning training for teachers

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Beginning Monday morning around 10 a.m., schools and the GDOE headquarters in Tiyan began to experience phone issues, with many locations being unable to receive incoming phone calls.

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), Division of Curriculum & Instruction is hosting additional distance learning virtual training modules for teachers this week. The “Curriculum & Distance Learning Virtual Training Series” aims to educate as many teachers as possible before the start of the school year.

During the initial training, which occurred during the week of July 20th, approximately 350 elementary educators and approximately 212 middle and high school teachers attended the training.  Additional training modules for educators will take place this week and next week. 

The facilitators from the Division of Curriculum and Instruction will address educational modules to align and support educators on the three models of learning, which were approved by the Guam Education Board on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.    

The training series includes six educational modules that will address applications related to remote learning. The educational modules aim to provide more educators with knowledge, skills, and applications on technological and interactive strategies by using different online platforms and tools to support and guide teachers for the reopening of schools. The modules will also include training on working with diverse learners, educating and supporting families on distance learning and technology use, and guiding secondary teachers on online management systems.

“I am extremely happy with our school system’s growing teacher capacity in technology. The three models of learning have really pushed our department to open our eyes to learning outside the classroom. We hope that this training series will positively impact our educators and help them to further improve and develop their teaching styles,” GDOE Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez said.

The four-day, three-hour, virtual, professional training sessions will be held this week through August 7th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Please refer to the schedule below: 

MODULE

DATE/TIME

TOPICS/DESCRIPTION

TARGET AUDIENCE

1

Monday, August 3, 2020

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Microsoft Basics: Word, Excel, & Powerpoint

All Levels

2

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  

Google Classroom and Using Google Online Apps

All Levels

3

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 &

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Working with Diverse Learners: English as a Second Language, Special Education, and Gifted and Talented  Education

All Levels

4

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 &

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Support for Technology and Distance Learning

All Levels

5

Thursday, July 30, 2020 &

Thursday, August 6, 2020

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Priority Standards Skills & Topics (PSST) Process, Proficiency Scales and Strategies for Assessing Student Learning

All Levels

6

Friday, July 31, 2020 &

Friday, August 7, 2020

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Course Management System(s)

Secondary Level

 

For more information, please contact the Division of Curriculum & Instruction at 300-1635/1247.

(GDOE News Release)

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