Teachers at table share ideas

At Tech Valley HS, teachers share best practices for classroom instruction.

On Friday, October 20, nearly 2,200 teachers and staff gathered at 10 sites across the Capital Region for a day of collaborating, sharing and learning. Questar III’s Regional Professional Learning Day offered workshops and sharing sessions for teachers of all grades and content areas, as well as TAs and support staff.

This was the largest regional professional learning day Questar III has coordinated. Teachers and staff from 17 districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties attended.

Offerings for teachers included review of the new state learning standards, touring the NYS Museum and learning about their program offerings, adaptive physical education, assistive technology for special education students, financial concepts and more. Grade level teachers spent the afternoon spent sharing lessons, experiences, and best practices with other teachers in their grade or subject area.

Joining educators from across our region to share ideas helps enrich and broaden the learning process of students in our region by tapping into a deeper pool of classroom experiences.

“Friday’s event helped teachers build a network of professional learning that will extend far beyond the day itself. It is our hope that through these collaborative experiences, teachers in our districts will be able to enhance their students learning. By sharing resources and experiences, we can harness the collective power of our BOCES, bringing to life Questar III’s reason for existence – to do together what cannot be done alone,” said Deputy Superintendent Matt Sloane.

Results from a post-event participant survey will be used to develop more in-depth professional learning opportunities in the future.

Participating school districts included Berlin, Brunswick, Catskill, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, East Greenbush, Germantown, Greenville, Hoosic Valley, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, New Lebanon, North Greenbush, Rensselaer, Taconic Hills and Wynantskill.

Did you attend the event? Are you looking for material from a session? Visit our website – new content from presenters is being added as it is received.