PUTNAM COUNTY – The Putnam County School System is gearing up for the start of the school year. Cookeville High School hosts its first Professional Development Day filled with six sessions that cover topics from CHS expectations, teaching successfully, small group discussions, special education, instructional strategies, developing student leaders, Career and Technical Education, graduation paths, personalized learning, tech tools in the classroom and more.
“This is the first year we have had a professional development day where all 143 certified staff were together to learn and grow as they prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Karen Trentham, Dean of Students at Cookeville High School. “We made it interactive by having a travel theme, and everyone was given a passport they had stamped at each session they attended.”
Cookeville High School has 128 certified teachers, two school librarians, six assistant principals, and six counselors led by Executive Principal Mr. Max Petett. All certified staff have to earn 30 professional development hours each school year.
“Having a day where faculty and staff can earn several hours of professional development and be together was a win-win. The energy was good at Cookeville High School as we prepared for the new school year,” said Mr. Petett. “We look forward to a great year ahead and are excited to see our new and returning CHS students.”