Superintendent Conference Day #1

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A slide presentation from our first Staff Development Day during the 2008-2009 school year.

A slide presentation from our first Staff Development Day during the 2008-2009 school year.

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