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BISD Hosts Differentiated Instruction and Teacher Development Institute
Thursday, August 25, 2011 • Posted August 25, 2011

It’s back to school again, as teachers reported this week in preparation for the upcoming 2011—2012 school year.

On Monday morning, teachers gathered for their annual convocation at the high school cafeteria. Ida Mae Fudpucker, aka Sally Baskey, returned to Blanco ISD to get things started off on a positive note as the session’s keynote speaker.

The opening session followed with a technology update by Tom Cozzi, confidentiality and bullying training by Kathryn Rutherford, a presentation on IPM regulations by Tony Petri, a business update by Kay Fraser, blood-borne pathogen and hazardous materials training by Peggy Pepper, and remarks by Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford.

Teachers reported to their individual campuses in the afternoon for campus-based planning

On Tuesday, Blanco ISD hosted its first ever Differentiated Instruction and Teacher Development Institute.

A first-of-its-kind program, the institute was the spring brainchild of the district’s site-based decision making committee.

“In the spring, our district site based team generated a list of needs of our teachers,” said Dr. Buck Ford. “We then asked all teachers to prioritize these needs. We then took these responses, and recruited district personnel to research, prepare, and present sessions in response to these need.”

“The Tuesday institute was fantastic,” continued Ford. “The sessions were excellent. I want to thank and commend everyone who was a part of this.”

Curriculum and Special Programs Director Kathy Anderson said, “During breaks, the hallways were abuzz with excitement and positive comments by teachers discussing the session each had just attended. We’re all appreciative of the many presenters who shared their expertise and time to make Tuesday such an outstanding professional development day.”

On Wednesday, campus planning continued, with vertical team-planning sessions intermixed throughout the day at the central office.

Thursday and Friday were teacher workdays, highlighted by the annual fish fry luncheon at the high school on Friday.

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