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Professional Development: March 2014  

Watervliet teachers and staff participated in several professional development workshops during Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday, March 14. High school teachers, above, explored a variety of technology that is available for instructional purposes; while elementary teachers, below, worked on adapting Common Core modules for use in the classroom.  

Faculty, staff participate in workshops on Common Core, technology resources and bullying prevention

 

Watervliet teachers and staff participated in several workshops during Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday, March 14. View photo gallery

Jr./Sr. High School teachers learned about the many technology resources available to them to enhance classroom instruction and engage students in learning.

Science teacher Ashleigh Rozell, for example, presented about free web tools, such as Remind101, that allows teachers to communicate easily and safely with students and parents. She also discussed free technology that is available online, such as Google Apps for Education, and how she uses the programs to increase student engagement in learning and help reinforce the 21st-century skills students need to be successful.

Library/Media Specialist Allison Novotarski demonstrated for teachers how to access and use subscription databases such as World Book Online, and other electronic library resources that enhance instruction.

Meanwhile, elementary teachers participated in a workshop on adapting Common Core modules for classroom instruction with WES principal Terri O’Brien facilitating, and worked on reading and writing strategies with a instructional coach from the Capital Region BOCES.

Professional development offers teachers and staff the support they need to increase their content knowledge and strengthen their instructional skills,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Caplan, "and is essential for helping to improve student achievement.

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Teachers and staff from both buildings had an opportunity to participate in a workshop on bullying prevention with staff from the Albany County Task Force Bullying Program.