Professional Learning

Summertime PD: Read to Lead Your Personal Growth

Strong reading habits are often a defining characteristic of our greatest leaders as it helps you develop insight, innovation, and personal intelligence. Reading is one of the quickest ways to personal growth and to acquire and assimilate new information. Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing you to better work with and understand others. Curl up on a beach chair this summer and read a new novel from the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Whether you’re in a camper or your living room, virtual field trips are always great fun!

Do you spend more time searching for materials than actually reading and learning? To successfully engage in professional learning and personal growth, you need tools in place to curate content so it is at your fingertips when you are ready to read. From blog posts to Twitter feeds and Facebook pages to ezines (electronic magazines), having a single location to access the content is critical to your learning.


Flipboard is your personal magazine holding all the news you care about in one place. The app gathers content from social networks, news publications, and blogs and then displays stories, articles, blog posts, videos, and other pieces of content in a magazine-like format. You can also connect your Flipboard to social networks like Facebook and Twitter to quickly look through feeds from those networks. Once your feed has been populated with the content you want to see, it’s time to start engaging. Like or comment on the content in your feed, or “flip it” to be republished to one of your own magazines. You can create multiple magazines and share articles to your social network to keep those collegial conversations flowing with new information.


Everyone knows how much kids love field trips but what about teachers? Field trips can be amazing learning experiences. They provide you with the opportunity for personal growth and to actively participate in educational opportunities from all over the world. But if you’re tight on time and money embark on a virtual field trip for the perfect vacation since they are inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip. Travel the world through Google Lit Trips to mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth or take a virtual tour of the Louvre to experience a panoramic view of many of the museum’s halls.

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