Greetings From Project MAST2ER!

Winter Newsletter

In this issue...

  • What's new in education in 2016?
  • Don't make resolutions! Why not?
  • What next under ESSA?
  • January 11- 15: Teacher Candidate Training Agenda
  • What's coming up? Teacher Candidate Forums
  • New opportunities! Project MAST2ER Mentors attend conferences
  • Summer 2015

The ESSA Expained: Ed Week 'Cheatsheet'

Project MAST2ER Teacher Candidate Training January 11-15

We will be meeting in the Science Center in room 126. Our schedule will be 8:30-4:30 the first day, 9-4 the other days, except for Friday January 15, when the Office of Field Experience student teaching orientation is scheduled. Teacher Candidates will meet with mentors 3:15-4:45 that day, and will have time to get over from the Williams Center to the Science Center after attending the orientation.

Monday January 11: 8:30-4:30
Tuesday January 12: 9-4
Wednesday January 13: 9-4
Thursday January 14: 9-4
Friday January 15: 3:15-4:45

New this year- Teacher Candidate Forums!

September 29, 2015

  • I learn America: Film 4:30pm & Discussion w/Director 6:00pm

October 16, 2015

  • Building Academic Language/Academic Conversations

November 6, 2015

  • Classroom management

December 4, 2015

  • Components of teaching step up to writing

February 12, 2016

  • Checking for understanding & Data-based decision making/analyzing student work

March 11, 2016

  • Providing meaningful, corrective feedback

April 8, 2016

  • Academic language activities (Blooms taxonomy and higher order thinking skills/questioning strategies)

** Forum Topics all include strategies for English Learners and struggling learners

Project MAST2ER Mentors Attend 9 Different Conferences in 2015-2016

One important goal of Project MAST2ER is to foster leadership development; supporting our Mentors as they reach higher levels of professionalism and growth. Another important part of our grant is 'sustainability', meaning that the work we do will carry on even after the grant is over. To work toward this dual purpose, we are offering our Mentor teachers the opportunity to attend selected regional and national conferences and training workshops.

Last March, Mary Allaire-Gifford and Mark Drollinger attended the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) conference in Las Vegas, and Cindy McMillen attended the National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA) Conference in Chicago. All three mentors presented on some of the strategies they learned at a mentor forum. Mary and Cindy both developed workshops this summer, and Mary presented at the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYSTESOL) conference this fall, and Cindy will make a presentation at the NSTA conference this spring.

This summer, a number of Mentors took advantage of the opportunity to receive training in cooperative learning at the Kagan Summer Institute in Buffalo, including: Mary Allaire-Gifford, Anna Alvira, Mark Drollinger, Tricia Green, Heather Flores, Dawn Hoth, Ed Hazen, Tina Novelli, Renee Pasquale, and Kim Sortisio. Early this fall, Tambra Hallett attended the National Association of Teachers of Math (NCTM) Regional conference in Atlantic City.

November was a busy month for conferences! Dawn Hoth and Dunkirk administrator Ed Hazen attended the NYSTESOL conference in White Plains, NY. Mark Drollinger attended the Miami Device conference in Miami. In addition, Mary Allaire-Gifford and Susan Schrader were trained as SIOP trainers at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington D.C.

In February, Heather Flores will be trained as a Kagan Coach at the Kagan Winter Academy in Las Vegas. Later this spring, a number of Mentors plan to attend the 2016 NSTA, NCTM, and NABE conferences.

Mentors will share their experiences, as well as strategies and ideas learned at upcoming Mentor Forums. In addition, several Mentors have planned and implemented in-service workshops for their school districts' professional development programs.

2015 Summer Institute

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Project MAST2ER Trains 11 New Mentors

Welcome to:

  • Paige Anderson
  • Christine Baglia
  • Jen Borngraber
  • Heather Flores
  • Wendy Gunther
  • Jen Hayes
  • Dawn Hoth
  • Amanda Pacanowski
  • Tracy Schifano
  • Karin Snyder
  • Shannon Volpe