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UV teachers using Superintendent's Development Day to polish skills
Since teachers are always in the front of the classroom, when do they have time to learn?

Well, on Friday, Jan. 30, the staff and teachers at Unadilla Valley will participate in a series of trainings and workshops during a full-day dedicated to development. The day includes presentations by UV teachers, representatives from BOCES, and speakers from nearby districts.

Hosted by the district’s LINKS team, the day will be broken up into the following two sections:
  •  Literacy and team building, where teachers will learn about topics such as inquiry-based learning and how to link what they are doing in the classroom with the library/media center;
  • And a series of 12 break-out sessions in the afternoon (each teacher chooses four each) with topics like “stress management,” “graduation requirements,” “virtual PC’s,” and “iPad tips and tricks.”
“We’re a professional learning community here and this is an opportunity for our professionals to hone their skills,” said secondary principal Frank Johnson.

“Our staff will be looking to incorporate what they learn into their own classrooms, and we hope it will translate into higher levels of learning for our students.”

The Unadilla Valley LINKS team was established with a goal of providing effective programs that prepare all students to be college and career ready with the “skills and knowledge to be responsible citizens, productive workers and active learners.”

In September, the LINKS team decided to focus on three areas to improve student achievement:
  • To increase the percentage of students who show growth towards proficiency in reading and writing at grade level;
  • To commit to a collaborative culture and positive environment for all members of the learning community; and 
  • To commit to and be actively engaged in a professional learning community.
“Because the LINKS committee is sponsoring this, it gives a chance for staff members to share with their peers,” Johnson added.
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