Ankeny Summer Academy

Posted by Sharon Ingebrand on 6/28/2018

Approximately 475 people attended a week of professional learning, known as Ankeny Summer Academy, on June 11-14 at various schools in Ankeny. Ankeny Summer Academy offers faculty a chance to learn from one another, from administrators, and from outside experts.


“[Ankeny Summer Academy] gives teachers time to collaborate and share ideas,” said Jessica Garland, Prairie Trail Elementary School fifth-grade teacher.


Attendance at Ankeny Summer Academy increased by over 400 percent from last year. Participants engaged in more than 6,300 total hours of learning throughout the week.


“It’s exciting to see a large number of Ankeny teachers continuing their learning during the summer, which will have a huge impact on students during the fall,” said Terrace Elementary School Principal and attendee Matt Dunsbergen.


Two teachers read a document


Using state-allocated funding, Ankeny was able to pay more than $254,000 to the 370 teachers to attend the professional learning opportunity.


The week included more than two dozen different courses for faculty to attend. Courses varied from “Gathering and Analyzing Data to Improve Student Learning,” taught by Sandi Rankin, business and technology teacher, to “Meeting the Needs of All Learners,” taught by Director of Special Education Dr. Carolyn Manard.


Chief Officer of Academic Services Dr. Anne Lundquist and Director of Elementary Education Dr. Amy Dittmar taught a two-day course about collective efficacy. Read more about collective efficacy and the course on Dr. Lundquist's blog.


Ankeny Summer Academy received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants, including 100 percent of participants who agreed or strongly agreed that the course was valuable to their work in Ankeny Schools.


We are excited to see how this learning from Ankeny Summer Academy plays out in our students' success this coming school year. 


*Guest writer Dr. Sharon Ingebrand, Director of Professional Learning and Continuous Improvement, coordinated Ankeny Summer Academy.