October 29, 2010
Staff receives updates on upcoming changes in
education during half-day session
Middleburgh's 100 or so teachers, teaching assistants and others
heard a presentation today regarding the upcoming changes in
education because of the state's successful acceptance into the
Race to the Top
Superintendent Michele Weaver and Nancy Jones, a school
improvement systems analyst with the Capital Region BOCES,
detailed the many changes occurring over the next few years.
Middleburgh, which received $74,049 in RTTT money to be used
over the next four years, will be mandated to establish network
teams (consisting of data, curriculum and technical experts),
likely through the Capital Region BOCES, and implement a more
comprehensive teacher and principal evaluation system that
involves student test scores. State exams taken by students will
move toward the
Common Core standards, which are being implemented in most
"Where do we want to be and how will we be getting there?" asked
Jones, who noted that the one common threat of the RTTT reforms
is 'Students First.' "Where can we be to make sure that kids are
prepared for college and anything that they want to do after
secondary school? To do any less isn't fair to the kids," she
Today, teams of teachers met to evaluate the issues surrounding
the many changes coming down the road in education. They shaped
their discussion around six themes:
* Growth: What will we learn as a result of this? How will
working on this put students first?
* Emotion: How are people reacting to this process?
* Process: What information will the staff, the Board and the
community need in order to understand this? How will we keep
* What are the positive aspects of this approach? What good will
come from it?
* Caution! What are the downsides of the plan?
* Data: Is our work supported by data? What else do we need?
Jones said that specifics on several aspects of the teacher and
principal evaluation program will be forthcoming from the state
Education Department in April.
Below are scenes from today's staff development program: