Staff Development Adds Online Library

Staff Development Adds Online Library
Posted on 11/02/2020

The MOBOCES Staff and Curriculum Development division has partnered with internationally-known professional development expert ASCD to bring an extensive online library of high-quality resources to educators and administrators in the region.

ASCD’s Activate Professional Learning Library offers its members anytime access to evidence- and research-based resources developed by educators for educators. Activate will allow educators to improve school practices and build deeper connections that will enable them to implement a whole child approach in their districts.

“Activate provides the ability to combine [ASCD] resources with our own materials to better support educators,” Director of Staff and Curriculum Development Ed Rinaldo said. “Educators are able to access resources on their own time and our districts are able to build upon that learning through regional workshops.”

Rome, Oneida and Camden have joined the service at its initial launch, and other districts may choose to participate at a later date.

The library model of professional development dovetails with the work the Staff Development team has been leading to offer strategic, focused opportunities for educators to learn new instructional strategies, hone their skills and turnkey their trainings to build the region’s overall capacity to foster student success. Since the pandemic began, the team has been leading virtual workshops, facilitating educator networks, and developing asynchronous courses to deliver their PD, formats that align with the Activate library.

“ASCD is excited to support Madison-Oneida BOCES and its member districts’ mission to reach all students through dynamic and engaging teaching both online and in person,” said Chris Grethel, ASCD Regional Manager of Educational Partnerships.

Through Activate, educators have access to online courses, short and longform videos, and guided pathways on the most relevant topics in education. Activate’s flexibility will allow local education leaders to differentiate the delivery of professional development across their schools in innovative ways.

“Activate will allow us to cultivate targeted communication around instruction,” said Jessica Poyer, Oneida’s Administrator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. “Activate’s extensive resources will support instructional leaders and teachers as they seek to move the needle on student engagement.”

Chris Brewer, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs in Rome, said Activate’s library will help advance the district’s goals.

“We look forward to supporting our educators through the vast resources and features that Activate provides. It will allow us to build capacity for our professional learning initiatives,” Brewer said. “Activate’s customization will enable us to enhance our new teacher orientation and mentoring programs and provide principals with extensive resources to make the teacher evaluation process more growth-oriented.”