Teachers are life-long learners

Friday, September 27, 2019
: Cherokee Middle School teachers and support staff wearing their Jimmy Casas shirts reminding everyone to, "Live their excellence."†
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Never stop learning. This is a mantra of nearly all teachers, and Cherokee Community School District has adopted some innovative book studies to foster their teachers as life-long learners. Although there have been other book studies in the past, staff are especially excited about their work within these texts and implementing new ideas into their classrooms.†

Last year Cherokee Middle School staff read Jimmy Casasís book Culturize. In his work he drives home an important message: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. The main focus of this book is that all adult members of the school must take on the responsibility of building a positive culture. ďItís something we feel we have always known and tried to live by in our classrooms- but being able to dive deeper into the idea of building a culture within our school has been really eye opening,Ē said Shauna Henke, CMS teacher.†

Staff members had discussions and activities during professional development to analyze their effectiveness not only in building a positive culture -- but also in searching for† new ways to build positive relationships with all students.†

During the 2019-2020 school year Cherokee Middle School is taking time to revisit the book, and since the book is meant for 5th - 12th grades, Washington High School is using the book as well.†

As a part of the culture driven movement, Roosevelt Elementary School is reading Kids Deserve It by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. This book also has a big focus on building a positive culture and relationships between staff and students.†

As the lessons which come along with the book studies remain at the forefront, excited conversations are beginning to happen as February nears. CCSD will be hosting Jimmy Casas during their winter collaborative professional development. Neighboring districts (SOS, HMS, and MMCRU) will be traveling to CCSD to be a part of this unique opportunity.†

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