The Vertical Teams at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District came together for a day of collaboration on April 30 and May 2.
The teams, which are comprised of teachers, met to discuss best practices on their campus, and develop methods to further benefit the education of their students. Teams were separated into Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies sessions based on their area of expertise.
During the day, teams presented the previously given assignment of highlighting a classroom strategy with the use of technology, said Science Specialist Tina Garza. Teams had the opportunity to select Prezi or Animoto to showcase their results.
“My key take away from all this is that these types of forums, where we can share ideas and strategies, are important,” said Jesse Parish, third grade teacher at Lee Means Elementary. “It’s encouraging teachers to think more creatively about the way they teach students.”
To become a team member, teachers were selected by their campus principal to participate. This is the third year the Vertical Teams have been active at HCISD with plans to initiate collaborative workshops early in the next school year. The mission of the vertical teams is to provide a strong support system for teachers as they work collaboratively to advance classroom strategies and increase effective student-learning.