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Business leaders focus on school curriculum  



More than a dozen business leaders from throughout the Tech Valley Region brought their sharpened pencils and sharpest ideas together on Monday as they met with faculty, students and administrators of Tech Valley High School to focus their attention on the school's curriculum.

The business leaders, who ranged from Capstone Inc. President Amy Johnson to National Grid Economic Developer Linda Hill, Albany-Colonie Chamber President Mark Eagan and Kelsey Kohler, of Momentive, examined what and how the school is teaching students from across the region and identified ways that they, their companies, and their business counterparts could be of assistance.

The meeting was called together by the Tech Valley High Business Alliance, which has the mission of supporting and advising the school's operating board, administration, staff and students to ensure a strong linkage and ongoing interaction between the real world of work in an emerging technologies community and the school's curriculum and activities.

The alliance primarily focuses on developing and implementing strategies and tactics to connect Tech Valley High School with the Tech Valley economy.

At Monday's meeting, faculty and students presented projects the school currently uses in its curriculum, including Inventing America, in which students look at technology and progress and how progress has impacted the region locally.


Additionally, the business leaders looked at other projects, including those that explored campaign finance reform, the mapping of Latin America and an algebra project that involves the construction of parabolic figures. The projects presented could use updates or "tweaks" from the business leaders, faculty members said, such as a more 'real world' application of physics knowledge in the algebra project and a new focus of campaign finance reform.

Future meetings will be scheduled with the goal of keeping the school's curriculum relevant.

Anyone interested  in joining the Business Alliance should contact Denise Zieske at 862-4958.

Business leaders present on Monday were: Ann Moynihan, of Documentation Strategies Inc., Jeff Lawrence, of the Center for Economic Growth, Lauren Payne, of Spiral Design Studio, John Corey, of Clever Fellows Innovation Consortium, Eileen Lindburg, of C.B. Richard Ellis, and Albany lawyer Dale Thuilez. Also, Suzanne Pollard, of Hedley Park Place, Carmen Mannella, of the Wadsworth Center, Charles Steiner, of the Schenectady County  Chamber of Commerce, and Pamela Sawchuk Brown, of Albany Medical Center. 

In the top photo, Amy Johnson, of Capstone, addresses the crowd.

In the second photo, Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick greets Tech Valley High School student Kayla Delano.

In the third photo, Mark Eagan and Ann Moynihan speak.

In the bottom photo, Tech Valley High School junior Kaliel Williamson, left, of Watervliet, talks with Kelsey Kohler.


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