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Extended Professional Development

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Teacher shadowing


A full-day shadowing experience is available to teachers who want a more in depth exposure to the practices of the Tech Valley High School faculty. Shadowing experiences longer than one day can also be arranged.

Pre-requisites to shadowing a TVHS teacher are participation in a TVHS Study Tour and/or other TVHS professional development experience that affords exposure to the principles and practices of the school.

The program assumes that the teacher has already begun working on a PBL unit for his or her classroom. TVHS offers:

  • STEM Shadowing Experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Humanities Shadowing Experience (English Language Arts, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts).

In addition to shadowing a TVHS teacher, teachers will have the option to stay an extended time to participate in a critical friend session of a current project at TVHS.

Essential Question of the experience: What can we learn by observing and participating in a 21st Century classroom environment?

Goals of Experience: Teachers will observe to understand how TVHS teachers scaffold 21st century skills in their projects. The observations will be utilized to define specific indicators for student success in the 21st century skills (collaboration, communication, etc.) in the various content areas. Work time will be dedicated to begin developing scaffolding experiences to help students attain 21st century skills. (Content areas offered: Biology, Math, Social Studies, ELA, Foreign Languages, Art).

Cost: $150 per person with a limit of five people per session.


College and Career Ready Unit Development

A three-day simulation designed to allow teachers to fully immerse into a PBL experience. Teachers will walk through a project from the eyes of the students and develop a deep understanding of how a project works, gain new knowledge in their content area and have fun and be creative with their colleagues.

Essential Question of the experience: How can a project in my content area integrate the NYS learning standards, the common core literacy and math standards and teach skills that will benefit students in college and career?

Goals of the simulation: Teachers will experience a project as the students do, learning the various elements that make an effective project-based learning unit. They will also complete scaffolding activities and a final product that will integrate new knowledge gained from attending workshops offered by professionals in the field.

Cost: $165 person with a 20 person limit.


College and Career Readiness Institute


The four-day Institute is designed expose the participants to the various aspects of the Tech Valley High model of a strong school and classroom culture of trust, respect and responsibility, PBL curriculum development and facilitated learning through technology. Participants will be exposed to a variety of examples of authentic assessments to use as models which incorporate the new common core standards for math, ELA, writing in social studies or writing in science, as well as, the 21st century skills.

Essential Question for the experience: How can we teach and assess 21st Century Skills in our Project Based Learning unit?

Goals of the experience: Teachers will observe TVHS classes to identify key elements of a project-based teaching and learning environment. Through modeling and workshops the participants will begin with a project idea, align to state standards and determine skills to assess. They will develop driving questions, rubrics, and an entry event. Activities to scaffold student learning outcomes, including collaborative teams, and use of critical friend protocols will be woven in throughout the four days.

  • Day One: Teachers will participate in a school-wide learning walk to determine the key elements of a project-based learning environment. In groups, they will determine the college and career learning outcomes and begin to develop a driving question for their subject-specific unit.

  • Day Two: Continued work on the project driving question, development of rubrics to assess core standards and college and career-ready skills, determination of a project partner and an entry document.

  • Day Three: Teachers will link project elements to classroom lessons and participate in team-building activities that can be replicated with students. Literacy strategies and formative assessment techniques will be incorporated into the project calendar.

  • Day Four: Participants continue to refine their project-based unit and prepare for the project presentations to a panel of peers using the critical friend protocols.

$600/person $1600/team of 3. Limit of 30 people per cohort group.


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