Joe offers professional development to fit the needs of your school or district, with a variety of synchronous and asynchronous professional supports available.
“[Joe] was flexible with his scheduling and we were quickly able to find a date that would work for our staff to conduct his training. Joe did a fantastic job working with my staff and helping to deepen their understanding of the teaching of social studies....Joe will bring with him a passion and excitement for Social Studies that will quickly be passed on to your staff that attend his training. I highly recommend reaching out to Joe for your professional development needs in the area of social studies.”
"I had the opportunity to be involved with some summer curriculum planning with Joe Schmidt. I found Joe to be very engaging and a wealth of knowledge in the area of social studies. This planning session took place several years ago and I still use many of the sites, concepts, and ideas that he shared with us at Wausaukee High School. Joe is a man of high integrity and has a huge passion for the development of social studies in our classrooms."
"Joe was incredibly knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining new concepts and practices with us. Joe also shared a lot of valuable resources with us, many of which we still use today. I am very appreciative of everything Joe did for us that day, and our students are certainly benefiting from it."
"A quality I so appreciate about Joe Schmidt is his selflessness, which I so often see in his interactions with others in various professional teacher groups in which we both interact. I can always count on Joe to be the proactive one who is seeking out and staying up to date on the latest social studies best practices. I love that he makes it a point to share those resources and pedagogy with as many teachers as he can. When I see @madisonteacher (Joe Schmidt’s Twitter handle) posting something I’m always making it a point to read it and click on his links, as I often find that I’m gaining a great new social studies resource or best practice that I can use with my students!"
"As an elementary school teacher, I have always felt comfortable coming to Joe for help with implementing more social studies in my classroom. I appreciate that Joe never forgets teachers of elementary students in his professional development offerings. One of the things we struggle with at this level is time and opportunity, and Joe has a wealth of knowledge in ways to adapt activities and strategies for younger learners of social studies. I feel that Joe truly hears and understands the challenges that can come with teaching elementary social studies, and he has worked very hard with teachers to implement useful and meaningful strategies for us, as well as provide many professional development opportunities. I am so glad we have him as a resource in Maine!"
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