PCDS hosts free teacher professional development

A view of the Phoenix Country Day School professional development day for teachers. (submitted photo)

A view of the Phoenix Country Day School professional development day for teachers. (submitted photo)

On June 20, Phoenix Country Day School hosted over 30 teachers from 13 schools for a free professional development opportunity– sharing best practices for Jolly Phonics, the early childhood reading program utilized by the school.

Led by PCDS kindergarten teachers Julie Fine and Pam Gagner, it was a hit for the visiting teachers and a great opportunity for PCDS faculty to share their expertise with the Valley education community, according to a press release.

“It was a wonderful event to be able to share and collaborate with many great teachers from throughout the Valley,” stated Ms. Gagner in the release.

Teachers participating in this free professional development opportunity came from a wide variety of schools—private, public, religious, and charter—each willing to share his or her own experiences in teaching early childhood reading.

“This is a thoughtful, student-centered reading program, and our PCDS students have flourished because of it and our incredible teachers,” stated PCDS Lower School Division Head Jaki Ivins, in the release. “We were excited to host this free opportunity to share these best practices with others in the educational community.”

Phoenix Country Day School is a nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate, challenging academics at every age level, including utilizing programs like Jolly Phonics in early childhood classes, the release stated.

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