The math and science cadre is done for the year. Our goal was to provide some intensive professional development for one teacher per grade level for every elementary. There were some bumps along the way, as there always are when flying a new program, but overall, participating teachers were happy.
One of the most interesting things for the other specialist and I was to read the evaluation forms. There were some good notes, but the funny parts were the ones which were contradictory. "Pacing was too fast." vs. "Enjoyed the pace of things." and "Felt unsure when we watched a high school movie." (referring to Hemo the Magnificent) vs. "I loved being able to use the film with my kids this year!" All of this individual feedback really enforces the notion that while teachers understand that their students aren't all from the same cookie cutter, they don't always recognize that neither are their peers. In the meantime, differentiating staff development is a real challenge. Somewhere along the way, we have to find something that helps everyone connect.
At this time, it is looking like the meetings will continue next year. I admit a bit of ambivalence about this. It's good stuff and most teachers are enthusiastic about it. However, the other specialist and I don't get contact with every teacher...and now that the shape of the coaching model will shift a bit, there will be more room for math and science talk throughout the day. We might be able to better support teachers with just after school offerings...but then, teachers aren't pressed from the same cutter. We'll have to find a happy medium.