According to research by the RAND Research Group, “Nationally, 99 percent of teachers participated in one or more summer professional learning activities and believed that they were relevant, helpful for improving instructional practice, and just as useful as other activities the teachers' schools and districts provided.” (Steiner et al. 2021)
Summer is a great time to grow in your educational practice as well as to rest and recharge. This might look different for every individual; families may still be shuffling kids to and from activities or going on vacation. Or maybe you spent the summer tackling home projects or pursuing other interests. In whatever way you spend your time off, we wanted to offer a few great resources to further your MTSS and educational learning.
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Resource #1:Summer PD Reading List
Whether you are looking for general leadership, philosophical, or education reads, reading in the summer allows you to digest ideas and improve your educational practice. But with so many great educational books out there, there is never enough time to get through them all. If you are searching for a good one to put on your summer reading list (in addition to those beach reads!), check out these recommendations:
In the end-of-year rush, structured reflection often gives way to brief conversations, putting it off until August, or just never getting around to it at all. But reflecting soon after the school year finishes is beneficial because the thoughts and feelings are fresh, and those insights can help you prepare for the new year. You may be an avid reflector and already have a method to process your year; if not, here is a resource to get you started.
Download this short Reflection Journal to help you jump-start your reflection.
Like many other educators, you may be taking summer courses through colleges, regional organizations, or even your district. Or you may need help figuring out where to start. Branching Minds has so many great resources to help you further your learning around MTSS and supporting students. We even have all our first MTSS Summit sessions now available on our website! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Also, don’t forget to sign up for all our summer learning opportunities!
💡 Branching Minds Summer Professional Learning Retreat 👉 Register Here
Resource #4: Summer Bingo Game (& Giveaway!)
Summer Break is about learning, relaxing, and having fun! Check out our BINGO page full of ideas for our educational community.Participate by completing as many of these engaging summer break activities and marking them on this card. And if you get a BINGO, post your card on social media together with a summer selfie using the hashtag #BRMSummerBINGO — we will enter you in our summer drawing for a gift card! The final day to enter is July 31, 2023. Winners will be contacted through the social platform they entered on.
Resource #5: Great Educators to Follow on Social Media
Adding experts to your social media feeds is a great way to expand your knowledge of MTSS and educational best practices. Often, these experts share resources and their content. Here are a few great follows to add on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Larissa Napolitan is the Digital Content Creator for Branching Minds and the host of Branching Minds' podcast "Schoolin' Around." As a former middle school English teacher and instructional coach, she has over 13 years of experience building systems for improvement, training and coaching teachers in new technology and instructional methods, and leading efforts to build curriculum and literacy initiatives. She holds Masters's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Education Administration from Emporia State University. Not only is she passionate about using her experience and academic knowledge, but loves to use her writing and voice to make a broader impact on education, teachers, and students.