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Polson School District staff participate in professional development day

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By Betsy Wade, Polson Schools

POLSON — Polson School District educators recently participated in a practical and engaging professional development day on Jan. 29. The sessions aimed to equip teachers with tangible tools and insights to enhance their teaching strategies and their work with students.

One highlight of the day was a session on AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Education led by Connor Mulvaney, Polson High School Science and Computer Science teacher. The session took a hands-on approach, demystifying AI’s core principles and highlighting its practical role in education. Teachers had the opportunity to delve into different AI tools to enhance their instruction, curriculum, and organization, with a focus on responsible and ethical usage. 

Teachers also had the chance to explore the Discovery Education Experience during a session facilitated by Allison Nys, Manager for Statewide & Strategic Partnerships for Montana Discovery Education. The Montana Office of Public Instruction has partnered with Discovery Education to provide the award-winning K-12 learning platform to all Montana public school classrooms. This professional development session allowed Polson educators to become more familiar with Discovery Education, and to explore a plethora of resources including video segments, virtual field trips, interactives, songs, and audiobooks.

Finally, the day culminated in an opportunity for Polson educators to join the Polson High School Project AWARE Indigenous Immersion Program students and community elders for a sharing of knowledge and demonstration of traditional and contemporary dry meat making practices.

Educators actively engaged in the professional development sessions throughout the day, showcasing a commitment to staying current in the educational landscape. Polson School District remains dedicated to inspiring self-directed learners in an interconnected world, with recent professional development efforts demonstrating a pragmatic approach to addressing the evolving needs of both educators and students.

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