Professional Development Update


Happy Fall, Y'all!

The cooler air is finally starting to move in, and by now your students should be settling in to the routines of school. Now is the time to take advantage of some the exciting offerings we have prepared for you this fall! Check out our featured workshops below:

Coming Up in October:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development

Instructional Leaders Forum

Begins October 13

This forum for Instructional Leaders will focus on skill building for coaching. Join us for our series of sessions designed for Instructional Leaders, with Dr. Marla Iverson and Dr. Maureen Thayer as featured speakers.

This year’s sessions will support us in honing our skills as instructional leaders by focusing on our roles as facilitators and coaches.

Assistant Principal/Principal Forums

Assistant Principals

Begins October 17

Elementary Principals

Begins October 18

Secondary Principals

Begins October 19

Supporting ALL Learners in the Mathematics: A Focus on Developing Problem Solving, Reasoning and Language in the Elementary Classroom

Begins October 24

How do you support ALL students to become mathematical thinkers? How do you support language development in the mathematics classroom? High quality mathematics instruction requires students to engage in cognitively demanding tasks that provide opportunities for them to be problem solvers who can clearly communicate their thinking to others.

[This institute was developed by the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the University of Rochester and was funded by Collaboration for English Language Learner Success (CELLS) project through a grant from the US Department of Education.]

NOTE: 15 hours includes outside assignments

Elementary Science Program

Digital Microscopes & Enviroscopes

October 12

The Elementary Science Program has a variety of technologies available for borrowing. All the technologies presented in this workshop are free provided teachers are certified to use the equipment. Come for the morning and get certified to use the digital microscope and the Enviroscopes.

Vernier Environmental Probes

October 12

Learn to use Vernier probes to test water in the environment for content of dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, conductivity, and turbidity. Teachers from local districts can be certified to use the Vernier probes and borrow them in classrooms at no cost.

Don't Miss These Events in November:

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Dylan Wiliam: Embedding Formative Assessment with Teacher Learning Communities

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 8:30am-3pm

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY

There is now a large and growing evidence base that helping teachers develop their use of minute-to-minute and day-by-day assessment is one of, if not the most powerful ways to improve student learning. However, adopting formative assessment, or assessment for learning as it is sometimes called, involves far more than adding a few “quick fixes” to teachers’ classroom repertoires. It involves a fundamental shift in focus, from what the teacher is putting in to the process to what the students are getting out of it. In this interactive one-day workshop, participants will learn:

•Why we need to increase educational achievement, what's been tried, and why it hasn't worked;

•Why formative assessment needs to be the priority for every school;

•What formative assessment is (and isn't);

•Practical techniques for implementing formative assessment; and

•How to sustain the development of formative assessment with teacher learning communities.


Why Forward Thinkers Engage in Transformational Change: Supporting Continuous Improvement

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 9am-3pm

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY

Intended Audience: School/District Administrators

Conducted jointly by NWEA and the Schlechty Center, superintendents and their leadership teams will engage in learning and discovery focused on building capacity for both effective change and continuous improvement in the schools and districts they serve. Why do transformation efforts often fail? Sometimes efforts fail due to a lack of attention given to developing organizational capacity to support and sustain change. Initiatives are often started with a flawed assumption that there is a common understanding of why the initiative is needed. Dialogue in this session will include the relationship between accountability and answerability and the role that multiple measures of quality play in continuous improvement. Tools will be explored that can help deepen a shared responsibility for student learning as part of a district’s work and identify strategic actions needed to sustain continuous improvement.