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Physical education teachers participated in different activities that they could implement in their own classes. (Republican Eagle photo by John R. Russett)

No day off for teachers

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CANNON FALLS — Even with students at home for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the halls and classrooms of Cannon Falls schools were busy with activity Monday.

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Teachers from across the county gathered for a day dedicated to helping increase student success.

Cherie Johnson, Goodhue County Education District executive director, said close to 550 teachers attended.

The training was planned by the Joint Staff Development Implementation Team, which is representative of the five member districts of the GCED.

Teachers had different workshops to attend where speakers presented different ways to improve the classroom experience.

Jane A.G. Kise, who has authored or coauthored more than 20 books, worked with teachers on a number of different ways to improve leadership development and coaching, strategic planning, team building and conflict resolution.

Mary Kim Schreck also spoke to teachers about how to better connect with students. Schreck has experience in a number of different education venues from smaller private schools to large public schools. She is a published poet and author.

The physical education teachers set up shop in the gym where they took part in different games they could implement in their classes. The other workshops weren’t as hands on with mostly discussion and presentations.

Jack Uldrich, who specializes in technology and leadership, talked about the changing world of technology. Uldrich has published many books on the subject, including “The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business.”

Teachers aren’t just sitting at their desk reading a newspaper, Johnson said, they are out working on how to better serve their students.

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