Welcome Back, Staff!

Instructional Staff Return For New School Year
Posted on 09/01/2021

MOBOCES kicked off the new school year with an orientation for new employees and two Superintendent’s Conference Days to welcome back instructional staff.

During the Opening Day activities on September 1, District Superintendent Scott Budelmann, Board President Donna Isbell and the rest of the leadership team thanked staff for their hard work last year and their commitment to making this year a success for students.

Budelmann reminded staff that MOBOCES is a school of “voluntary participation” and it is the work of instructional staff that help students decide to return each year.

“Our students are here because they want to be here…Because you offer hands-on, real-world, life-changing learning opportunities for students who come from every background,” he said. “When they leave you, they become thoughtful, productive, stand-up citizens and leaders of our communities – just like you!”

luvelle brownThis year’s featured Opening Day speaker was Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District and a nationally-recognized expert on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in schools. He spoke about recognizing the individual needs of each student and developing ways that schools can be more inclusive of all students, regardless of their backgrounds and experiences. He encouraged staff to examine their own identity and experiences.

“This is not just about what we’re going to do for black and brown kids,” he said. “This is about how we’re doing to reach everyone and recognize the intersection of gender, class, race, sexuality, nationality to develop authentic learning.”

The day also included annual workplace harassment training, an update on health and safety protocols, and a performance by our staff band The Common Chords on the importance of infection control.

Following the virtual presentations, staff worked in person with their divisions and teams on additional professional development and preparing their classrooms for students.