When was the last time someone rolled out the RED CARPET for you as a teacher? If you attended the 2017 Spring French Lick Teacher Retreat, your answer is a week and a half ago!
Thank you Scholastic Reading Club, Scentos WeVeel, ESGI, ETA Hand2Mind, Get Your Teach On Conference, The Pencil Grip/Kwik Stix, Seesaw, The Wright Stuff Chics, Tools 4 Teaching, Bouncy Bands, Creative Clips Clipart, and The Trashy Crafter for donating all of this awesome swag for all of our attendees at the French Lick Teacher Retreat!
To start off, we began with a welcome message from Holly Ehle from Kindergarten Connections, our incredibly talented director of this event, who explained the history of this retreat and how her mission is to celebrate teachers for all of the work we do for kids all year. She is amazing!
Next up, was everyone’s favorite principal, Mr. Gerry (pronounced with a hard G) Brooks. He gave a fantastic keynote about setting goals for ourselves and our students and families that left everyone laughing and feeling inspired.
To kick off the professional development portion of the day, Hope and Wade King from the Ron Clark Academy and Elementary Shenanigans gave a phenomenal presentation on the power of student engagement.
They demonstrated ways we can “set the stage to engage” our kids every day to increase their achievement and help them WANT to come to school instead of just showing up because they HAVE to.
From there, we split up to attend three rounds of mini-sessions. We had some of the best teachers and presenters in the country hosting these sessions!
A huge THANK YOU to all of these amazing sponsors: