Teacher Training

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Beth Savarese, a PQ teacher, and eleven other teachers from the North Salem Central School District (NSCSD) were joined by thirty-three teachers from other school districts in the Tri-State Consortium to share and learn strategies to improve student performance.  The other districts present were Brewster, Scarsdale, Briarcliff Manor, Mamaroneck, Croton-Harmon, Mount Pleasant, Pelham, and Ridgefield.

The NSCSD’s Mission is to “Engage students to continuously learn, question, define and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.”  Teams of educators from the Tri-State Consortium receive training such as this workshop provided and visit other districts in the consortium for intensive, three-day audits.  The North Salem Central School District is hosting such a visit in March of 2012 and our Mission will be the focus.  This Mission and strategies to accomplish it can be found at: http://www.northsalemschools.org/district/mission_and_beliefsstrategies
   
The site visit from Tri-State will also serve as the Middle States Accreditation visit to the North Salem High School.
   
From left to right, Kathleen Reilly is Tri-State’s Director of Training, RoseMaria DosSantos is the Program Director at the Hammond Museum in North Salem where the workshop was held, Mike Hibbard is the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources in North Salem, and Martin Brooks is the Executive Director of Tri-State.  The Tri-State Consortium, founded in 1992, is comprised of 44 high performing school districts who work together to share best practices.  More information about Tri-State is found at:    http://www.tristateconsortium.org
   
Dottie Breslow and Beth Savarese, NSCSD teachers at PQ, are learning more about how to evaluate and improve our curricula, instruction, assessment, supervision / evaluation processes, professional development and other factors in all disciplines at all grade levels to make the best use of our resources so that the performance of all students improves.
   
The Hammond Museum in North Salem hosted this workshop and RoseMaria DosSantos lead a tour of the Hammond’s beautiful Japanese Gardens during a lunch break.  The Hammond is expanding its educational services to school districts and also offers many other programs for children and adults throughout the year.  More information about the Hammond is found at:  http://www.hammondmuseum.org
   
Flora Viale, a local artist, spoke to the workshop participants about the power of the arts to improve critical and creative thinking that are essential to life in the 21st Century.  Her work is currently on display at the Hammond. Learn more about this artist at:   http://floraviale.com
   
It’s all about our students.  Katelyn Pawlowski and Simon Rubini are working with their teacher, Karen Koestner, a NSCSD middle school social studies teacher and department chair of Social Studies for grades 6-12.  Karen is using her training from the Tri-State training to improve student performance.  A focus is using data from formal and informal assessment to adjust instruction to improve the performance of each student.