The Hamilton County Department of Education will present the 2017 Engage Institute Monday and Tuesday. The two-day long institute is a teacher led, student-centered professional development session.
The 2017 Engage Institute marks the first time the PD session is entirely teacher-led. The goal is to give teachers new and exciting ideas to engage their students, said officials.
Chief Academic Officer Jill Levine points out that the Engage Institute perfectly captures the district’s first strategic focus area of Great Teachers, Great Leaders. “This year’s institute will include a variety of options for educators to learn about student engagement from the people who know it best- other teachers,” Ms. Levine said.
Olivia Bagby of Red Bank High School is one of the teachers running the institute. “Teacher voice is an extremely important component of any successful school, and by offering teachers the opportunity to lead discussions about the topics that impact them the most, we are giving power to the teacher leaders who impact our students’ lives every day,” Ms. Bagby said.
Each of the teachers leading the 2017 Engage Institute is a graduate of the Teacher Think Tank. The teacher leaders took lessons from their Think Tank experience to ensure all Engage Institute participants enjoy every aspect of the professional development sessions, said officials.
The 2017 Engage Institute takes place Monday and Tuesday at Red Bank Middle School from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.