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District provides professional development for faculty at Superintendent’s Conference Day

on November 20, 2017

During the Nov. 7 Superintendent’s Conference Day, WVCSD faculty members participated in targeted professional development sessions.

Some of the many sessions that took place:

  • Grade 5-8 teachers participated in a workshop to help implement the district’s main new science instructional resource and discussed the direction of the middle school science program.
  • At the elementary level, all teachers worked with Patty Vitale-Reilly, who conducted a professional development workshop about balanced literacy. A major focus was the scheduling of Readers & Writers Workshop.
  • All teachers also had time to discuss recent changes to the elementary report card. Also, for the first time, teachers will be able to evaluate students on the 4 Cs: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
  • At the high school, many different sessions took place. Social Studies and ELA teachers in grades 7-12 participated in a discussion about the Holocaust facilitated by Beth Lilach, a representative from the Holocaust Museum in Rockland County. The feedback was extremely positive and the District will continue to work on social diversity throughout the school year.
  • Foreign language teachers continue to develop and fine tune criteria for the biliteracy seal for graduation. At a recent BOCES Instructional Council meeting, it was noted that Warwick is the only Orange County school district that awarded the biliteracy seal last year. Many other districts are planning to offer the seal in upcoming years.
  • Elementary physical education teachers, along with the two instructional aides who oversee the kinesthetic lab at each elementary school, participated in a training facilitated by Kidsfit. 

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