Is Interdisciplinary Curriculum Important to Students?

ONLINE LEARNING:  BALANCING TIME AND LEARNING WITH QUALITY

Project Accelerate is a consortium of New York State school districts, organizations and BOCES that collaborate to write, develop and promote online staff development courses.  Come learn the challenges and successes of online learning as well as beginning steps toward developing your own.  Participants will also have the opportunity to use a program called Dreamweaver (a product of Macromedia) to begin designing an online learning experience.

TECHNOLOGY AND CURRICULUM MAPPING:  ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS FOR SUCCESS

Curriculum maps can provide a clear picture of what is happening in the classroom at specific points during the year.  Heidi Hayes Jacobs will lead participants through the seven-step process for creating and working with curriculum maps, from data collection to ongoing curriculum review.  She will discuss the importance of asking “essential questions” and of designing assessments that reflect what teachers know about the students in their classes.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine the curriculum mapping tools available.  Time will also be allotted for practice using these tools.

TECHNOLOGY COMES TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  TOOLS FOR MANAGING LEARNING

A variety of tools will be modeled including:  shareware, inspiration, online tools for discussion, unique uses of PowerPoint, free online surveys, and more.   Each of the products will be introduced highlighting their unique fit for professional development.   The remainder of the session will be dedicated for participants to explore the tool, or tools that most interests them.

MANAGING IT ALL:  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Participants will examine questions of linking APPR criteria to their own professional development planning.  They will look at ways to learn about the critical elements of the performance criteria, assess their own knowledge base against these criteria, find ways to enhance their own learning, and consider how to develop consistent elements of a review model in their district.