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Christian schools hold professional development training day

December 02, 2012
  • Pat Eger, standing, who led the conference, talks to Spanish teachers from different schools who were sharing ideas from their classrooms and exchanging information about what works for them and their students. The group split into subject areas to swap lesson plans and ideas.
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On Nov. 9, seven area Christian schools came together for a professional development training day.

The schools present were Broadfording Christian Academy, Grace Academy, Shalom Christian Academy, Heritage Academy, Cumberland Valley Christian School, Adams County Christian School and New Life Christian Academy. 

A total of 140 classroom educators participated in the day’s events.

The presenter for the day was Pat Eger from Dover, Pa. Eger has a 30-year plus career in education.

Her professional experiences include teaching kindergarten, serving as a program director and working as an educational therapist with the National Institute for Learning Development. Administratively, she held an elementary principal position and is  an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College, as well as an educational consultant.

Eger’s topic was timely as she spoke about classroom assessment, which is one of the most important theme’s in today’s educational practice. 

She talked about the various types of assessment strategies that should be employed by all teaching professionals in their classrooms. She stressed the differences between “traditional” and “authentic” assessment practice.  

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The day ended with a session where the faculty members working cooperatively answered discussion questions and created several assessment activities that could be taken directly back to their classrooms.

This was the second of such collaborative training days that have been planned and implemented. The long-term goal of the collaborative school leadership team is for this to become a yearly activity with hopes that it will grow into professional conference proportions.

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