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Summer learning is underway for ECISD...teachers

Summer learning is underway for ECISD…teachers


Learning never stops. More than 500 ECISD teachers registered for the district’s 2nd annual “Ignite Your Light with the Power of Literacy” conference, a free professional learning event held on May 29 & 30. Last year’s inaugural literacy conference was one day for 250 teachers, this year it is two days and, therefore, has double the number of attendees. It is a large undertaking, but it is more convenient and less expensive than travel for such a large group.    


“We bring excellence to Odessa,” said ECISD Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Lilia Nanez. “It is helping us elevate the skill set of our teachers, and the mindset of our teachers and that’s why we do it.”


It is relevant and important for teachers in all subjects. “Literacy goes across all content areas,” added Dr. Nanez, “so we focus on literacy, but it is through the lens of that literacy that we address all content areas.”


In addition to multiple breakout sessions each day, the participants heard from three well-known keynote speakers. Wednesday morning, Ken Shelton presented Rethinking Learning Environments. His work on the strategic use of educational technology has been recognized by leading global tech companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft.


Thursday morning kicked off with Carl Anderson, an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for grades K-8, and author of several books on the subject, and his presentation The Secret to Teaching Students to Write Well?  


Each afternoon, Katie Martin, author, and co-founder of Learning Center Collaborative, spoke on the need for educators to embrace new mindsets in becoming learner-centered, and more about educators meeting the needs of students than the latest technology experiences.


“You want to be here and that says a lot about who you are as professionals and the importance and the value you place in yourself,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri said to the crowd in the first general session. “On behalf of the seven members of our Board of Trustees and a really grateful superintendent, I thank you for investing in you so that you can, in turn, invest in the students as they return in August.”


“The more we invest in us,” he added, “the better we will be for the kids we serve.”