Curriculum Center

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear Colleague,

The Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Center is excited to provide all educators with a varied, expansive, and intriguing array of professional development opportunities to support leadership and quality instruction in the 2016 - 2017 school year.

This year the Curriculum Center is providing learning opportunities to enhance and build upon best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, we continue to support our districts in building their own capacity for job-embedded professional development with programs to support curriculum leaders, as well as our teacher- and administrator-led collegial circle groups spanning areas of education from math, to LOTE, to MakerSpace. We are also pleased to offer professional learning experiences that develop administrators’ capacity to promote the growth of those they serve, whether it be through sharing a school/ district story, teaching to the whole learner, or coaching through content.

In response to regional needs we are extremely pleased to provide a variety of offerings tied to MakerSpace and STEM, including both a comprehensive MakerSpace “Boot Camp” and a multi-day STEM curriculum experience. This year the Curriculum Center will continue to support districts in transitioning to new standards and frameworks, both through new and innovative social studies supports, as well as informational sessions and skill-building focused on the New York State Science Learning Standards. Through explorations of 20% Time, flipping the classroom, problem-based learning, and executive function skill-building, the Curriculum Center is prepared to help the region continue to focus on supporting all learners, and help our educators experiment with ways to be ever more innovative in their practice, and interactive in their instruction and leadership. Along with partnerships with the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, Metamorphosis Teaching and Learning Communities, McREL, and ASCD, we are poised to provide learning and leadership that is both close-to-home, and international in scope. 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, deputy superintendents for curriculum and instruction, 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, Byram Hills, Carmel, Chappaqua, Croton-Harmon, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Garrison, Haldane, Harrison, Hastings, Hendrick Hudson, Irvington, Katonah-Lewisboro, Lakeland, Mahopac, Mamaroneck, North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pocantico Hills, Putnam Valley, Rye City, Scarsdale, Somers, Tarrytown, Valhalla, White Plains, Yorktown, and Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.

We look forward to learning and leading with you throughout the 2016-2017 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