District 211 Teachers Back to School

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Hoffman Estates High School teachers Natalie Tindle (left) Jasmin Chung (center) and Tyrone Jones (right) collaborate during an Institute Day session on Aug. 19. During the teachers’ first day back at school, they worked together to learn new technology tools they can use during the school year.

Hoffman Estates High School teachers Natalie Tindle (left) Jasmin Chung (center) and Tyrone Jones (right) collaborate during an Institute Day session on Aug. 19.

Township High School District 211 teachers were back to school on Tuesday, Aug. 19 to participate in the first Institute Day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students, such as curriculum discussions, sharing teaching methods, and viewing guest speakers.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students.

At Hoffman Estates High School, teachers were greeted by administration and were presented with an overview of this year’s academic goals. Staff was divided into different teams where they participated in various sessions, including discussions about Schoology and ways to innovate their teaching using technology. Focus on technology continues after District 211 approved the full implementation of the One-to-One program this past school year, which provides an Apple iPad device for each student and will help all students to develop essential skills needed to be successful in a digital world.

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Jim Britton greets staff on their first day back at school.

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Jim Britton greets staff on their first day back at school.

During Institute Day on Aug. 19, Hoffman Estates High School teachers Jessica Schildt (left) and Jen Winfield (right) watch as their colleague demonstrates a task on her iPad.

During Institute Day on Aug. 19, Hoffman Estates High School teachers Jessica Schildt (left) and Jen Winfield (right) watch as their colleague demonstrates a task on her iPad.

District 211 teachers will continue with a second Institute Day on Wednesday, Aug. 20, before students return for the first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 21.