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S is for Staff Development

Holly here, from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections!

I'm here today to share my "S" thankfulness!  

In my book...

Go ahead.  Say it out loud... 
"Staff development?! Is this girl crazy?!"

Well.. maybe I am.   But for me... the staff development conferences I have attended in the last few years have literally changed my life! 

{Serious "shout out" to Staff Development for Educators 
right here!  LOVE. S.D.E.}
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Yes, I'm "that" teacher... the one who reads brain research books in her spare time and my "pleasure reading" is often about RTI or the latest trends in education.  So, of course I love staff development for that reason...but almost more importantly, I love staff development because it has provided me with some of the BEST and most wonderful supporting friendships a (teacher) girl could ask for!

I mean, truly... did you ever realize that STAFF DEVELOPMENT could look like this? 

I am the only kindergarten teacher in my small, private school... and the friends I've met through SDE events are often my life-line and inspiration on a daily basis!  

I NEED these girls... and I am so very thankful for the fact that attending SDE staff development events have brought these amazing and brilliant friends into my life!!!  {Not to mention... I never laugh harder than when I'm with these teacher-friends!}

So, if you are in need of a little inspiration... a new teaching supporter... or just a good laugh...  come and hang out with us this summer at the SDE National Conferences!   Come on people... Vegas.  Summer.  Shopping. Sunshine.  National Teacher-Blogger Meet-Up.   Do I really need to twist your arm any further?  LOL

What is YOUR thankful "S" this year?

Link up and let us know!


  1. I get it. I am grateful for ongoing education in all forms: book studies, professional development provided by the district, development at conferences, and more. I am grateful for colleagues that encourage me to be my best.

  2. If my staff development looked like this, I would all in! Unfortunately, mine is all about new county edicts that require extra redundant paperwork or increase the spectre of our teacher evaluations. :( However, on my own I do enjoy reading all sorts of professional books - right now my focus is on anchor charts!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Oh my! This is just got me more excited! My goal this year is to get to the SDE now that they've added second grade. Hopefully I'll be there!