To start the school year off right, Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice employees gathered together for a company wide professional development session called Choice University. Though three different Universities were offered (support staff, Choice West, and Choice East), everyone was able to hear from the same educators who each touched on very powerful messages.
First, Andre Daley spoke to each group about cultural intelligence and ways to eliminate racial misconceptions in our schools. His activity encouraged staff members to test his theory on the importance of communication as a whole.
My biggest takeaway from Choice University was learning more about differentiating communication methods and the need to focus on personal preconceptions about my own cultural sensitivity.
Nanette Clatterbuck continued by playing off of Mr. Daley’s session by introducing ways to bring the language of cultural intelligence to the classroom.
“Choice University put me in a good frame of mind to approach my new students at Bradford Academy. I also learned some good ideas for overall class management,” said a Bradford Academy of Southfield teacher. “I really enjoyed being together at Choice University. I enjoyed feeling like part of a community!”
This year’s Choice University was very informative and gave me a lot of ideas to take back to my classroom at Second Home CDC in Warren, Michigan.
Breakout sessions were offered to further expand the topics offered to instructional staff. From classroom management to character choices, to peace education and impacting student achievement, teachers were able to dive deeper on subject matters that were important to them.
Chris Matheson was able to bring the entire event full circle in the sharing of his personal story as well as the company story. He stated “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
As each person was leaving, they were encouraged to make their mark on a canvas that will be hung in the central office as a reminder that each person plays an important part of the lives of children each and every day. By “making a mark”, our employees are reminded that they are living out our mission each day… The mission to empower every child with knowledge, skills, character, and work ethic to achieve the American Dream.