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Registration is open for inaugural Tech Valley 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 two-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.

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 attend to share and learn best practices at the institute.

Thursday, July 6

  • Project-Based Learning (Intro & 2.0: Next Steps)

    • Workshop offerings:

      • PBL 101: Project-Building Basics, Sarah Fiess (TVHS School Outreach Coordinator)

      • Task Definition Strategies, Varada Vaughan and Michelle Sweeny (TVHS Math and Science Teachers)

      • Critical Friends to Improve Classroom Practice with Sophia Hsia (TVHS Chinese Teacher) and Lana Hower (TVHS ELA Teacher)

      • PBL: A Mock Trial, Amy Gillett (Questar III)

      • Student Groups: Managing Logistical and Social Challenges, Sean O'Brien and Jenny Ezzo (TVHS Global Humanities Teachers)

  • How the 'Maker' Movement can Transform Your Classroom

    • Workshop offerings:

      • Ozobots: Small Robots with Big Potential, Caroline Strauch (Questar III)

      • Spark Engagement with Adobe Spark, Jason Adams (Questar III) and Mike Morelli

      • Formative Assessment Tools for Chromebooks and Windows, Jason Adams (Questar III)

      • English Language Learners and Maker Spaces, Susan Velasco (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake)

      • Maker Space Demonstrations, Barnes & Noble and Adam Cohen (TVHS Physical Education Teacher)

      • Spark Fun Innovations, Jeff Branson

Friday, July 7

  • Content Area Deep Dive

    • ELA workshop offerings

      • Accountable Bookclubs, Raising the Bar on Literature Circles, Sarah Fiess (TVHS School Outreach Coordinator)

      • Moth Storytelling Tips, Sean O'Brien (TVHS ELA Teacher)

      • Socratic Seminar Goes High Tech, Amy Fink (Cohoes) and Sarah Fiess (TVHS School Outreach Coordinator)

    • Math workshop offerings:

      • Formative Strategies in the Math Classroom, Stephanie Carty (Albany Leadership Charter)

      • Differentiating Math Instruction for Special Education Students, Danielle Hemmid (TVHS Special Education Teacher) and Varada Vaughan (TVHS Math Teacher)

      • PBL For Math Topics, Jason Irwin (TVHS Math Teacher) and John Hartnett (TVHS Technology Teacher)

    • Science Workshop Offerings

      • PBL and the NYSSLS (Next Generation Science Standards), Diana Weldon (TVHS Science Teacher)

      • Animals in the Classroom: Engagement and Application, Devin Robinson (TVHS Science Teacher)

      • Citizen Science, Laura Murawski (Cohoes)

      • AR & VR in the Classroom, Matt Nolin and Cate Heiderscheidt (1st Playable Productions)

      • PBL Gas Laws and KMT, Eric Davenport (Shenendehowa)

      • Chemistry of Hydrophobic Sand, Mary Ann Nickloy and Kelly Fahrenkopf (NEATEC)

    • Social Studies Workshop Offerings

      • Enhance Inquiry Based Learning through the Question Formulation Technique, Tasha Anderson (Questar III)

      • Using Genealogy Tools to Study History, Jenny Ezzo (TVHS Social Studies Teacher)

      • Using the Suchman Inquiry Model in Social Studies, Tom Morrill (TVHS Social Studies Teacher)

      • How and Why you Should Gamify your Curriculum and Grading (Theresa Heilsberg (St. Thomas the Apostle)

  • Innovative Practices for Administrators

    • Workshop offerings

      • Inspring Every Learner Every Day: The Power of Choice, Randy Squier (Superintendent, Coxsackie-Athens)

      • Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities, Marcia S. Atwood and Danielle Kennedy (Questar III)

      • Utilizing Micro-credentials (Badges) To Transform Student Learning, Michael Kealy (Coxsackie-Athens)

      • Technology Futurism & The Coming 3rd Economy, Eric Tucker (GE)

      • Digital Literacy and the 2025 Workforce, Eric Tucker and Rick Arthur (GE)

      • Technology "Deep" Dives, Eric Tucker (GE)

      • Beyond Talking Memos: Designing Engaging Staff Meetings, Jim Niedermeier (TVHS Principal)

      • Let's Get Nano! A tour of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Stephen Stewart (SUNY Poly)

Sarah Fiess
School Outreach Coordinator
(518) 862-4958

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