Superintendent Conference Day #1


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Superintendent Conference Day #1

  1. 1. Superintendent Conference Day October 24, 2008
  2. 2. “Wall Street Woes Doom State Aid Plan” <ul><li>Billion$ Lost </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of jobs gone </li></ul><ul><li>Next year’s budget? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Increased Competition <ul><li>SUNY officials seek rural charter schools. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“We should seriously reach out to experienced charter school organizers to take a look at rural areas.” – SUNY Board of Trustee, Edward Cox </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Long-Term Erosion of Support <ul><li>Vouchers and Charters are our Competition. </li></ul><ul><li>UAW, Steelworkers – China. </li></ul><ul><li>Our response(s) today will have an impact for years to come. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s not over-defend tradition. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Losing Local Control <ul><li>Mandates severely limit local Board Control. </li></ul><ul><li>School takeovers by Government State Education Department. </li></ul>
  6. 6. We Are Under Attack – Don’t Be Fooled <ul><li>Massive testing </li></ul><ul><li>More rules & mandates </li></ul><ul><li>More reporting </li></ul><ul><li>More comparison of schools </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Community <ul><li>Support projects </li></ul><ul><li>Positive visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Show you care </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Know what others are experiencing </li></ul><ul><li>Be involved </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Students <ul><li>Family Support Center </li></ul><ul><li>Understand / Compassion for their difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new skills to help them succeed </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Can Each of Us Do Now? <ul><li>Responsibilities versus Accountabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond the contract. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for students after school. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer opportunities to retake tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Present opportunities to dig out of holes and improve grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Give opportunities for kids to try again. </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturing will not improve student connectedness – this method is not regarded as highly effective. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reflection <ul><li>What made you become a teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you really enjoy about the profession? </li></ul><ul><li>Those special teaching moments </li></ul><ul><li>Individual kids you really helped </li></ul><ul><li>How are you seeking personal improvement? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Strategies to Connect With Learners? <ul><li>Go the extra step! Beyond Responsibility – </li></ul><ul><li>Re-teach a concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use assessment to inform instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide after school help / enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Establish positive contact with families </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize the Family Support Center </li></ul>
  12. 12. Current Learning Principles <ul><li>Engage students </li></ul><ul><li>Support instruction with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Small group participation – build dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments rather than tests </li></ul><ul><li>Use successful reading strategies in every class – vocabulary instruction, teach comprehension strategies, provide opportunities for students to discuss and interpret texts, increase engagement in literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential learning </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on opportunities </li></ul>Source: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices , August 2008.
  13. 13. Future Practices: Key Principles to Guide Learning <ul><li>Curriculum mapping – begin to keep a good record of your lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to align your curriculum with New York State curriculum – in fairness to our children. </li></ul><ul><li>Use positive learning strategies and assessments to increase depth of learning as opposed to simply “covering” material. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Curriculum <ul><li>A textbook is a single source of curriculum and may not be well aligned to our State curriculum and assessments. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A well defined and aligned curriculum is created from multiple sources and is flexible and responsive to the various learning styles and needs of students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minimally , we must follow the State curriculum. Ideally , we can deliver much more. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Teaching Time is Precious <ul><li>Beginning and end of class </li></ul><ul><li>Pet topics NOT in the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Are we summarizing at the end? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Student Achievement <ul><li>Know where all children are at! </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is proficient in curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Reteach instruction – Relearn material – Retake tests. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not fair? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Assessment <ul><li>Modifications – small blackboards, clickers, technology, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Student understanding </li></ul>
  18. 18. Teachers are Life Long Learners <ul><li>Enroll yourself in new approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>We grow as an organization by growing as individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously develop new strategies, skill sets, competencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of the results / change in your behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of the change process – join in dialogue. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum mapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek ways to increase student engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the risk now! Be a leader!!! </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Summary <ul><li>Tough Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Tough Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain High Level of Professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Community of Compassion and Concern </li></ul><ul><li>Our children’s future success depends on us! </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you!!! </li></ul>