Muscogee Co. Teachers Learn to Cope with Changes at BPI

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Some Muscogee County teachers filled Hall Auditorium on the campus of Columbus State University Monday morning for the 2010 Best Practices Institute.  

Dave Weber, one of three keynote speakers, captured the audience attention immediately mixing a message of change with humor.

"It's very easy for us to be focused on the barriers, obstacles and challenges. We need to shift our vision and stay focus on the goals and the outcome of the rewards," says Weber.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Andrews says the federally funded week long workshop is designed to help teachers refocus after a tough year of facing budget cuts. "I want them to be re energized because our job is to reshape the lives of young people and make a mark on their lives."

Using a biblical story of David and Goliath, Weber brought to life the making it real and entertaining, added Carl Pratt, Science teacher at East Columbus Magnet Academy. "I like what he had to say. I am having to switch teacher position next year because I'm certified in secondary science as well, so I'm using Best Practices to help me>"

Weber also gave out rocks to the teachers to use it as a constant reminder to shift their focus back to view of the positives and not the negatives. 

Dr. Andrews and Ron Clark, Founder, Ron Clark Academy, in Atlanta are also scheduled to speak.  400 teachers are expected to attend.