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Professional Development at Tech Valley High

 

Tech Valley High School is a nationally-recognized New Tech Network demonstration site. It is committed to supporting schools in their implementation of student-centered teaching and learning environments.

Located on the campus SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Albany Nanotech Complex, TVHS is a regional resource for advancing education in the realm of project-based learning. PBL brings together intellectual inquiry, rigorous real-world standards and student engagement in relevant, meaningful work.

Innovation institute

In partnership with Capital Region BOCES and Questar III BOCES, Tech Valley High School is excited to announce its first ever "Innovation Institute," a 2-day summer workshop for K-12 educators who are interested in sharing innovative instructional practices. The goal is to share & highlight the work that is being done at schools across the region to create engaging learning opportunities for students. The institute will be held July 6-7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided both days. Click here to find more detailed information about the institute, including the full list of presenters and workshops.

Are you an administrator, educator or librarian focused on creating opportunities for students to learn more deeply? Want to learn innovative ideas that have been successful in other schools? We invite you to present and/or attend to share and learn best practices at the institute.

  • Sign up on My Learning Plan or at this link.

  • Registration is $100 for both days or $75 for one day.

Sarah Fiess
School Outreach Coordinator
sfiess@techvalleyhigh.org
(518) 862-4958

2016-17 InReach offerings

To find out more about the professional development opportunities at TVHS, sign into My Learning Plan or contact School Outreach Coordinator Sarah Fiess at (518) 862-4958.

 

This 90-minute student-led tour includes an overview of project-based learning and the principles and practices at TVHS, with a Q&A session.

Snapshot tours are also available on demand for groups of three or more. The cost for on-demand tours is $25 per person.

 

Program study is available upon request to larger groups, including foreign delegations. This three-hour offering includes:

  • An overview of project-based learning and the principles and practices of TVHS.

  • Instructional rounds (observations of classrooms in action).

  • Project rollout (work with one teacher to explore how to launch/implement project-based learning).

  • Student panel (Q&A with 3-5 TVHS students describing their experiences).

The cost for program study is $50 per person.

 

TVHS offers intensive (one-day) and immersive (two-day) teacher residency programs. We are excited to share lessons learned from a decade of utilizing project- and problem-based learning and integrated curriculum design. We are pleased to offer teacher coaching for teams or individuals who are actively engaging in this process. Intensive teacher residency is $130 per person; immersive teacher residency is $250 per person.

  1. Day 1 Agenda

    • An overview of project-based learning and the principles and practices of TVHS.

    • Instructional rounds (observations of classrooms in action).

    • Project rollout (work with one teacher to explore how to launch/implement project-based learning).

    • Student panel (Q&A with 3-5 TVHS students describing their experiences).

    • Lunch on your own.

    • Facilitated brainstorming; supported work time (begin planning PBL).

    • Meeting with business liaison to discuss opportunities to increase authenticity.

  2. Day 2 Agenda

    • Shadow teacher in content area for 2-3 hour block.

    • Follow-up with 30-minute shadow teacher meeting (debrief).

    • Facilitated project development.

    • Share project ideas to extend community networks with group.

    • Establish follow-up opportunities:

      • Coaching by video-chat.

      • Online workshops.

      • Virtual support (sharing through Master Teacher network).

To find out more about the professional development opportunities at TVHS, sign into My Learning Plan or contact School Outreach Coordinator Sarah Fiess at (518) 862-4958.

Let Tech Valley High School guide your Professional Learning Community. PLCs allow teachers across disciplines, schools, and even districts to collaborate on a common topic of study. Our facilitator can collaborate with your PLC to set goals, guide the process and pursue next steps.

 

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