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TVHS charges forward for state retreat



Approximately three dozen representatives of school boards from across New York State paid a visit to Tech Valley High School on Saturday as school representatives put forth their best effort in playing host to a fall retreat.

The event, which ran the length of the day, featured tours, addresses from students, education and business leaders and other activities.

The New York State School Boards Asscoations Board of Directors along with NYSSBA Department heads were given tours of the school by students, who also joined their parents in discussing the education provided at TVHS and how it differs from a traditional school.

"It was fun," said freshmen Jesse Fawcett, one of the three students who took part in the Saturday event. "We spoke about what it is like here and how we learn so much."

Representatives of IBM and the New Tech Network, which is based in California, spoke at the gathering about the changing dynamics of the economy and business world and how it impacts education. Questar III Assistant District Superintendent Diana Conroy and Capital Region BOCES Assistant District Superintendent Kathryn Gerbino discussed the global challenges driving the move towards project-based learning and the need to teach students 21st Century Skills. Tech Valley High School is the only public high school of its kind in New York State and partners with businesses and leaders to teach 21st Century Skills through a project-based learning style.

They also discussed the savings that can be found in using a BOCES to create programs like those offered by Tech Valley High School.

"It was interesting and very informative," said teacher Jen Hower.

"It was a pleasure hosting the NYSSBA retreat - the students ( Marcus Uhmann, Kaeli Jerome and Jesse Fawcett) did a terrific job of showing the board members what Tech Valley is all about - and having New Tech Network President Monica Martinez here along with Kathryn Gerbino and Diana Conroy shows that the school is a true collaboration with our component districts, the two BOCES, and the New Tech Network. We look forward to continuing to be a resource to the region and the state," said TVHS Principal Dan Liebert.




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