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Aledo ISD Teachers empowered through learning

Aledo ISD teachers are always learning, and this summer that has turned virtual.


The district launched Empower 2020, a virtual summer professional learning academy, on June 9 with a two-day celebration. During that celebration, Aledo staff combined to complete nearly 500 courses with a total of 1,265 development hours.


“We are so proud of our teachers who continue to demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement by engaging in their own professional learning over the summer months,” assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Amber Crissey said. “We have approximately 50 courses and two districtwide book studies, and we have been blown away by the level of engagement from our educators so far."


Teachers were entered into drawings for gift cards and Apple Pencils for each course they completed during the two-day celebration. The winners are:
Brandy Arnold, Stuard Elementary
Jennifer Babcock, Coder Elementary
Rachael Black, Daniel Ninth Grade Center
Jessica Claffey, Aledo High School
Amanda Coomer, McCall Elementary
Samantha Elder, Coder Elementary
Courteney Goforth, Aledo High School
Lori Harbuck, McCall Elementary
Samantha Hatton, Walsh Elementary
Stacey Israel, Coder Elementary
Karen Lasater, Coder Elementary
Elmi Martinez, Aledo High School
Clay McKenzie, Coder Elementary
Nadia Nagib, Walsh Elementary
Renee Pokrifcsak, Aledo Middle School
Keri Russell, McCall Elementary
Christen Shaffer, Aledo High School
Terry Snow, Aledo High School
Susan Spreier, McCall Elementary
Stacey Utley, McCall Elementary
Monica Verner, Walsh Elementary
Jessica VonderHarr, Stuard Elementary
Ashley Watson, Vandagriff Elementary
Elisha Woodson, Daniel Ninth Grade Center


View pictures of some of the winners here.


Professional learning courses are offered in a variety of areas including: content-specific strands, cross-curricular strands, digital platforms and tools, and special services. The district is also engaging in two districtwide book studies to support 2020-21 district goals: “Kids Deserve It!” by Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney and “Blended Learning in Action” by Catlin R. Tucker, Jason T. Green, and Tiffany Wycoff.


Empower 2020 courses will be open for staff to engage in learning all summer long.