Curriculum Center


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

SEPTEMBER 2018

Dear Colleague,

The Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Center is pleased to provide all educators with a wide spectrum of professional learning opportunities to support their continued improvement regardless of role and discipline.

This year the Curriculum Center continues its tradition of offering learning tied directly to the regional needs of schools and districts. Along with being the result of needs assessments conducted across the region, offerings for the 2018 – 2019 school year support the excellent work being done in schools and districts across the Hudson Valley region. Learning opportunities this year support growth in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and expand learning pathways in social emotional learning (SEL), collegial communities, the arts, and both the humanities and STEM fields. Our collegial circle groups continue to grow; educators in the discipline of music, as well as those serving as educational technologists, will now be able to convene regionally to learn and lead together. The Curriculum Center is also prepared to help districts determine their SEL entry points, and to provide assistance wherever those entry points may be.

It is no surprise that effective feedback allows us to grow and change successfully. This year, we will continue to rely on your feedback through online surveys after each of our workshops. This feedback allows us the opportunity to gain deeper insight into your needs and provides us with input to share with our consultation team so they may continue to build their workshops to best support those in attendance. Your feedback will provide us with the ingredients we need to further evolve the learning opportunities we provide. Continuous improvement must be seen as a through-line for all of our work!
In response to regional needs, we are pleased to provide the catalog you now hold in your hands (or are viewing online). To complement our workshops in leadership, SEL, the STEAM disciplines, social studies, and LOTE, we are excited to continue to offer a robust strand of literacy offerings and key partnerships. Collaboration across all workshop categories is a focal point for the Curriculum Center this year. We look forward to new opportunities with the National Science Teachers Association, Greg Tang Math, Bozeman Science, Writing Revolution, and Tom Hoerr, and we are pleased to continue partnerships with IDE, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities, Penn State University, and Generation Ready, among others. Along with national and international individuals and organizations, we remain committed to highlighting the expertise of our local and regional educators. Nadine McDermott, Brian Gutherman, Brenda Myers, Patty Viggiano, Lauren Allan, Mike Hibbard, and Pat Cyganovich, to name a few, represent a selection of the leaders and learners who make this region as educationally rich as it is. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with them and everyone else in our catalog.

Many thanks to the Curriculum Council comprised of superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum, and other curriculum leaders from our member districts that worked with us to design these quality staff development opportunities.

Member districts are: Ardsley, Bedford, Brewster, Briarcliff, Bronxville, Byram Hills, Carmel, Chappaqua, Croton-Harmon, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Edgemont, Elmsford, Garrison, Haldane, Harrison, Hastings, Hendrick Hudson, Irvington, Katonah-Lewisboro, Lakeland, Mahopac, Mamaroneck, North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pocantico Hills, Putnam Valley, Rising Ground, Rye City, Scarsdale, Somers, Spackenkill, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, Valhalla, White Plains, Yorktown, and the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

We look forward to learning and leading along with you during the 2018-2019 school year.

Sincerely,

MARLA GARDNER, Director, Curriculum and Instructional Services, P|NW BOCES
LAYNE HUDES, President, P|NW BOCES Curriculum Council
FRED ENDE, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Instructional Services, P|NW BOCES