School Improvement - Coser 551
Dr. Barbara Hackett Blakey, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support
Phone: (845) 295-4029 or e-mail email@example.com
This service provides support to districts in the implementation of the New York State Learning Standards, the New York State Assessments, and NCLB requirements, in addition to facilitating the dissemination of information on best practices. Our team works with districts and the SCCITA* team in developing professional development elements that coincide with the needs of individual or multiple districts.
Staff development and technical assistance are available in the areas of school improvement, instructional strategies, organizational development, learning standards, and school climate and culture.
The format for service ranges from faculty meetings to full or half-day sessions (on-site or regionally) to specific on-site technical follow-up support which includes targeted workshops, electronic networking, distance learning labs, video conferencing, job-embedded activities, and other forms of professional development such as regional networking opportunities. These activities are designed primarily for certificated staff. Classroom level professional development may include: model lessons, provision of evidenced-based resources and strategies, teacher observations and feedback, use of instructional materials for multiple learning styles, and visitations to model programs. Special projects at the district and building level may include:
*(SCCITA) is the Sullivan Council for Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Assessment team that is comprised of instructional leaders from component school districts that work collaboratively with the Instructional Support Services Administrators to identify the needs and topics for this service.
Professional Learning Communities
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