Summertime Education for the Educator


By Dr. Laura Barrett, Administrator for ESU 13

In an ever-evolving educational landscape, the role of teachers has transformed from being mere transmitters of knowledge to becoming facilitators of personalized learning experiences. Recognizing the crucial importance of meeting the diverse needs of their students, teachers are engaging in continuous professional learning to enhance their abilities and adapt their teaching methodologies. 

Teachers, dedicated to their craft and the success of their students, go above and beyond their regular working hours to invest time in their own professional growth. During the summer break, traditionally a time for rest and rejuvenation, teachers immerse themselves in professional learning opportunities. They attend workshops, conferences, and seminars, some of which are held locally in their district or at one of the Educational Service Unit 13 (ESU 13) locations while others may require traveling across the state or country to participate. These events provide a platform for teachers to network with colleagues, learn from experts in the field, and gain valuable insights into emerging educational trends and research.

This summer, more than 250 educators took part in continuing education opportunities provided through ESU 13. Some of the topics covered this summer included math, social studies and literacy instruction, behavior strategies, leadership training and many more.  Additionally, teachers utilize their own time to explore online courses, webinars, and educational platforms, seeking out the latest research, pedagogical strategies, and technology tools that can enhance their teaching practices. These self-paced learning opportunities allow teachers to customize their professional growth journey, honing their skills and expanding their knowledge base to better serve their students.

Here at ESU 13, we are proud to serve the teachers of the panhandle. We feel fortunate to partner with school leaders in designing learning opportunities tailored to meet the unique needs of teachers in our area. As we get ready to start a new school year, let us pause first to commend and support the remarkable dedication of teachers in their pursuit of excellence and their unwavering commitment to shaping the future of education.