Superintendents Conference Day

Conference Day Helps Build Expertise
Posted on 10/28/2019

This year’s fall Superintendents Conference Day at MOBOCES included a wide range of large-scale regional professional development programs for educators, administrators and paraprofessionals. The programs provided opportunities for participants to increase their expertise and build regional capacity on key topics.

Teacher aides and teaching assistants heard from Deborah Patrick, of The Kelberman Center, on strategies to understand and support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More than 200 people from 11 districts attended the half-day session at MVCC’s Rome campus.

Also in Rome, more than 200 music educators from 49 districts attended this year’s Music Educators Conference, an offshoot of the music Professional Learning Communities (PLC) hosted through MOBOCES. Band, Chorus, Orchestra and General Music teachers heard from internationally-known composer Brian Balmages and participated in breakout sessions on instruments, classroom engagement strategies, and connecting with students through music.

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Early Childhood Director Colleen Wuest helped the United Way’s Ready For Kindergarten (R4K) intiative present the first Kindergarten Transition Summit at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Again, about 200 preschool and kindergarten teachers, elementary principals, and community members who work in early education participated. The program focused on supporting students and families as they transition from pre-k to kindergarten and providing educators with strategies to make that transition as smooth as possible. Wuest joined a panel presentation that also included SUNY Poly Professor Dr. Joanne Josephs, Madison Principal Brian Latella, Rome Early Childhood Director Dana Benzo and teachers from Rome and VVS.

More than 50 educators and administrators from Camden, Morrisville-Eaton, Stockbridge Valley and MOBOCES participated in a two-day training with Capturing Kids’ Hearts that began on Thursday. CKH provides school-wide strategies to improve student behavior, attendance and achievement.

Members of the MOBOCES Art PLC spent the day at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, where they toured the park, studied the sculpture exhibits, and joined a gallery talk led by one of the park’s curators.

The School Library System led a session on new and featured mobile apps to incorporate into the school library and classroom projects, as well as a demonstration of the Sphero Bolt and an overview of the digital catalogs available to component school districts.

MOBOCES staff also worked within their divisions on curriculum planning and targeted topics to better support student achievement in the classroom.