Butler Co. Teachers Hit The Books

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By Amanda Wade

In Butler County, school is not just for students. Teachers are learning new ways to engage kids for the upcoming school year.

Nearly 100 Butler County teachers are hitting the books. It is part of the school system's professional development program.

Teachers say one of the major focuses for the sessions is technology, like using class specific websites and apps like Remind 101, which allows teachers to safely text parents and students, "At this age, they're already into technology, so we kind of have to catch up with them. So if we can have them entertained and engaged and excited about learning then if that means we have to get up with our technology, then I think that's what we need to do," says new teacher, Laveda Woods. 

More than 20 new teachers are starting with the school system. For first time educators, they say the preparation is calming their nerves.

And the lessons will not stop once the school year begins, "We'll offer these same sessions multiple times over the course of the school year, because what we're trying to do as a whole district professional development plan is give teachers multiple opportunities to attend professional development," says Litta Norris, Butler County Administrative Assistant for Teaching and Leading. 

The next round of professional development scheduled in Butler County will be for the new teachers at the end of July.

Superintendent Amy Bryan also tells us the five year strategic plan for the school system is almost complete and she is looking forward to her first full year as superintendent.