Literacy, poverty among topics of superintendent’s conference day

Teachers at conference daySchuylerville staff members spent Friday, Oct. 10 taking part in several school- and curriculum-related workshops and lectures.

Elementary staff spent part of their morning focused on literacy. Teachers from each grade level had an opportunity to look at several different model literacy stations. Each group was able to review teaching examples of sight words, reading responses, spelling and phonemic awareness.

“Our district is taking a multi-pronged approach to improving students’ literacy skills and it starts with professional development,” said Laura Delair, director of curriculum, instruction and professional development.

Another key topic during the conference day was poverty. Staff from the elementary, middle and high schools all attended a meeting focused on the growing poverty rate in the district.

“It’s important for our staff to understand that poverty does exist in our school community,” Delair said. “We need to share ideas and figure out how we can help connect families with the resources they may not know are out there.”

Schuylerville special education staff, service providers and aides used the conference day to take part in sensory training. Staff reviewed the different kinds of sensory processing issues some children experience and discussed ideas for how to regulate those issues in the classroom. One example is having a student push the palms of his hands together at chest level for 10 secondswhile taking a deep breath.

Teachers at iPad trainingMeanwhile, middle school staff spent the afternoon attending an iPad training workshop where they were able to ask questions and get assistance with various projects that the sixth- and seventh-grade students are using iPads to complete.

“The conference day is designed to increase the skills of our teachers and to lend administrative support,” Superintendent Ryan Sherman said. “We believe professional development is one key to seeing success in the classroom.”