Curriculum Center

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Dear Colleague,

The Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Center is excited to provide all educators with a comprehensive assortment of professional learning opportunities to support their growth as leaders, learners, and teachers throughout the 2017 – 2018 school year.

This year the Curriculum Center continues its charge of designing learning opportunities that are regionally need-based, and that support the great work being done in schools and districts across the metro New York City area. Offerings this year focus on stretching practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and we also continue our long-standing tradition of assisting districts in growing their own leaders through job-embedded professional development and collegial circle groups. The growth of our collegial circle cohort has allowed for the creation of new circles this year, including a circle focused on exploring the nuances of feedback giving and receiving, as well as a group that will be considering the importance of deeply thinking about assessment and grade reporting at the secondary level.

Research shows that professional development cannot happen unless there are opportunities for follow-up learning. This year, the Curriculum Center has emphasized the importance of follow-up, by focusing on designing a greater number of learning opportunities that are multiple days in length, and that utilize multiple formats and locations for the learning. In addition, we have designed two offerings that build on our regional conferences. One will invite Peter DeWitt, our conference keynote speaker for the fall 2016 conference, to rejoin the region to build our collaborative leadership capabilities as a means to increasing student engagement. Allison Zmuda, our keynote speaker at this year’s fall conference will be providing a follow-up learning series beginning this winter that will help teachers and leaders design personalized learning experiences that reshape teaching and learning.

In response to regional needs, we are pleased to provide a variety of offerings tied to social and emotional learning, STEAM initiatives, MakerSpace, and leadership. In addition, the Curriculum Center is designing a more robust series of offerings to support literacy work happening in our schools. Learning opportunities focused on the workshop model, grammar and vocabulary, and meeting the needs of all students as readers, as well as partnerships with literacy leaders like Teachers College, Fountas and Pinnell, and the Wilson Reading System will assist in helping students be ever more effective readers and writers. In addition to this catalog, look for a Curriculum Center Literacy Catalog to arrive this fall. This year the Curriculum Center will continue to support districts in transitioning to new standards and frameworks, and through our collaborations with organizations such as the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, Metamorphosis Teaching and Learning Communities, Generation Ready, IDE, and ASCD, we are poised to provide the highest quality of professional development. Employing the expertise of a wide variety of educators, this year’s learning opportunities will share voices from both the classroom and the building/district office, from within the region, across the state, and across the country.

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, Leake & Watts, Mahopac, Mamaroneck,

North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pocantico Hills, Putnam Valley, 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 2017-2018 school year.

Sincerely,

MARLA GARDNER, Director, Curriculum and Instructional Services, P/NW BOCES
RON HATTAR, President, Putnam/Northern Westchester Curriculum Council
FRED ENDE, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Instructional Services, P/NW BOCES