Sandy Creek Central School District students might have had the day off from school on January 31 but the district’s entire educational community was hard at work for a daylong staff development opportunity.
A representative from The Central New York Regional Information Center was on hand to assist teachers in grades six through twelve with the web-based student management system called SchoolTool and then departmental and grade level meetings gave the same teachers an opportunity to work collaboratively in reviewing student performance data from the first half of the school year and then planning ahead for implementation of new Common Core modules for the remainder of the school year.
At the elementary level, teachers in universal pre-kindergarten through grade two participated in an Amplify Insight training to discuss their progress through the curriculum and address areas that they need clarification on and/or areas that need strengthening.
(Amplify Insight is the company that creates digital educational products and services that are used in Sandy Creek classrooms.)
Other grade levels at the elementary school collaborated to discuss the ELA modules and writing as well as math.
Additionally elementary teachers also participated in an iPad App training with Peri Nelson, Technology Resource Coordinator at Oswego County BOCES.
Peri shared some valuable educational apps, such as Meteor Math, that teachers can use to support their math curriculum and also get students practicing their math skills in a fun and interactive way.