In addition to in-district PD, our faculty frequently attends and participates in a wide variety of out-of-district professional development opportunities. Here are a few examples:
Ms. Gianfrocco participated in a week long professional development teacher training institute designed to support all aspects of AP courses, including AP methodology, curriculum, class assignments and examinations as well as providing strategies for teaching AP courses.
Mrs. Hubacz, NSES reading teacher, will be participating in a conference focusing on improving instruction in the area of phonemic awareness, sight words and developing student symbol imagery for reading. This will benefit students who experience difficulty in establishing sight words and contextual fluency is difficulty in visualizing letters in words. A significant number of students—even those who have well-developed phonemic awareness—have difficulty with rapidly perceiving sounds in words, and are slow to self-correct their reading errors.
Elementary Reading teachers will be attending the annual Literacy for All Conference, a leading literacy and Reading Recovery conference in the Northeast. Topics will include: Early Literacy, Intervention, Coaching, Children's Literature, Reader's Workshop, Guided Reading and more.
Mrs. Vieira and Mr. Leblanc attended the Annual Computer Science Teacher Association New England Regional Conference brings together educators and leaders in K-12 and higher education, state policymakers, and industry professionals from across New England to work together to build supportive communities and broaden participation in computer science education. Share best practices, learn new implementation strategies, network with peers, and enhance your pedagogical knowledge in the expanding field of computer science education.
Dr. Tillotson attended a workshop on The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) is a gold-standard clinical interview and observational measure of autism symptoms that is appropriate for children and adults across a wide range of cognitive and language abilities. The use of the ADOS-2 enhances the accuracy of diagnostic evaluations, providing a standardized observation that can be used in conjunction with other clinical assessments and interviews. The two-day training will include an up-to-date description of the instrument, video presentations of example administrations, and live demonstrations by the trainer.
Ms. Cote and Ms Halloran, NS Social Workers, attended the 2018 Annual School Social Work Conference learning about:
Vaping 101- the history of Electronic Cigarettes, statistics of use through current studies, three categories of ENDS products, strategies to combat vaping.
Identifying and Intervening in Schools with Children Impacted by Family Addiction, hearing first person account(s) of the impact of opioid addiction/overdose on families and learning ways to identify children impacted by parents/siblings who are struggling with addiction as well as learning to intervene and help children cope with parental/sibling addiction.
Important Dates 2018-2019 School Year August 28th- Teacher Orientation August 29th- Professional Development Day August 30th- First Day of School September 3rd- Labor Day - No School September 12th- Primary Day No School/ PD Day for Faculty September 18th- School Committee meeting September 26th- Science PD, Grade 6 "Earth History, NGSS" September 27th- Science PD, Grade 6 "Earth History, NGSS" October 1st- Science PD, Grade 7 "Diversity of Life, NGSS" October 2nd- Science PD, Grade 7 "Diversity of Life" October 5th- Science PD, Grade 5 "Mixtures and Solutions" October 8th- Columbus Day/No School October 16th- School Committee meeting November 6th- Election Day No School/PD Day for Faculty November 12th- Veterans’ Day/No School November 20th- School Committee meeting November 22nd- Thanksgiving/No School November 23rd- Thanksgiving/No School December 18th- School Committee meeting December 24th- January 1st- Holiday Break/No School January 21st-- MLK Day/No School February 12th- School Committee meeting February 18th-22nd- Winter Break March 19th- School Committee meeting April 9th- School Committee meeting April 15th-19th- Spring Break May 21st- School Committee meeting May 27th- Memorial Day/No School June 18th- School Committee meeting