Pathway Descriptions

Building a Classroom in the Digital Age

This pathway guides staff members in identifying the potential of digital tools to personalize learning for students. This series allows staff members to integrate the latest technology trends to enhance their lesson plans. Staff Members will be provided with the opportunity to test out technology, collaborate with colleagues and research the latest trends within the cohort structure. Workshops within this pathway include:

Digital Citizenship in a 1:1 School

      • The new 1:1 initiative necessitates, more than ever before, that students be educated about acting responsibly and appropriately when using technology. This workshop will provide participants with the resources and skills needed to implement digital citizenship into their own 1:1 classrooms, and to educate students on its importance, ultimately assisting in creating a more positive school culture. (Presented by Meghan Burgin)

Cool Apps & Extensions for the Classroom

      • Come and explore ways to utilize technology to enhance our lives, our teaching, and our students’ success. During the workshop participants will be given time to explore the latest apps (Kami, Canva, Awesome Screenshot, Kaizena, and Screencastify) that will be essential for 1:1 technology integration. Participants will also explore Hybrid Learning Stations which will allow teachers to craft collaborative and direct learning experiences. Through rotations, students are engaged in various tech integrated activities that promote movement in the classroom. (Presented by Brandon Langer)

Flipped Learning

      • Come see how to effectively plan for a flipped classroom setting. Participants will learn how to curate resources and provide a platform for meaningful instruction to take place at home so that they can focus classroom time on concept enrichment and mastery. (Presented by Lora Santucci/Vanessa Fudrini)

3D Printing for Every Classroom

      • 3D Printing is becoming more present in the Technology classroom. What you may not know is how this emerging technology can be applied across all disciplines. This workshop will provide you with background on the evolution of 3D Printing and an overview of how the process works. More importantly, you will be exposed to easy-to-use 3D printing software and provided with tools to either create your own prints or search for pre-made patterns. The ways in which this technology can be applied to your classroom are endless! (Jeff DeMiceli)

Building a Classroom in the Digital Age Capstone

      • This Pathway will culminate in a capstone experience where teachers will reflect on the knowledge they have acquired throughout the series of workshops. These reflections will be presented to the cohort in a multifaceted presentation. Presentations should include an explanation of how the series of workshops has impacted the teacher’s pedagogy. (Presented by Keith Bigora/Meghan Burgin)


Maximizing Student Potential

This pathway will allow staff members to thoughtfully and carefully structure the classroom to meet the needs of different types of learners. Staff members will be challenged to engage students with many different interests, abilities, and skill levels. Through careful infusion of technology, and innovative instructional strategies, students will develop and further enhance 21st Century Skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Workshops within this pathway include:

Breaking Up the Block

      • Teachers can use numerous strategies to improve students' writing, inquiry, collaboration, organizational and reading skills. Come explore the use of Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs, Spider-Web, Team Huddle, etc. (Presented by Liz Maloupis)

Differentiated Instruction

      • Come explore Carol Ann Tomlinson’s framework for designing effective instruction that responds to the needs of all learners – using learning style, interest and level of readiness. We will explore differentiated instruction principles, strategies and diverse methods of assessment for all classroom settings. (Presented by Diana Burlick)

Reaching All Learners

      • Educators across all disciplines and skill-levels face challenges in their classroom. How do you make these classrooms work? Participants will leave this workshop with useful tools for assisting students, specifically, Special Education students, ELL students, and Gifted and Talented students identify and work through challenges, recover from setbacks, think reflectively, and find success in the classroom. (Presented by Craig Miniter)

The Collaborative Classroom

      • Collaborative Learning allows students to take responsibility for their own learning. Come see how to plan self-guided curriculum units that will encourage active participation and collaborative group work. In small groups, students will learn how to explore divergent viewpoints, become better listeners, writers, thinkers and speakers. In a collaborative classroom, the teacher becomes a facilitator who carefully guides students as they learn. (Presented by Diana Lorenzo)

Maximizing Student Potential Capstone

      • This Pathway will culminate in a capstone experience where teachers will reflect on the knowledge they have acquired throughout the series of workshops. These reflections will be presented to the cohort in a multifaceted presentation. Presentations should include an explanation of how the series of workshops has impacted the teacher’s pedagogy. (Presented by Linda Turnbull/Emily Barkocy)

Promoting Deeper Engagement

This pathway investigates the latest trends in pedagogy that challenge students to develop transferable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. The focus is on increasing academic rigor, fostering student engagement, and increasing student responsibility for learning. Staff members will gain tools for deepening student engagement as well as their ability to clearly express learning through questioning and discussion. The seamless integration of technology supports learning through active participation and increases opportunities for all students to have access to the tools and information they need for success. Staff members in this cohort will create student-centered classrooms that make technology a vital part of their lessons. Workshops within this pathway include:

The Kinesthetic Classroom

      • Discover the connection between movement, the brain, and learning to use movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven the classroom. Examine class cohesion activities, content-based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers that use movement to meet standards, improve test scores and develop life skills. (Presented by Elizabeth Fisher)

Improving Discussion, Questioning, and Student Engagement

      • This workshop will focus on discussion and questioning techniques, strategies for increasing student engagement, and reflection of instructional delivery and practice. Participants in this workshop will identify components of discussion and questioning techniques, evaluate questions through Depth of Knowledge, compare student engagement scenarios, and participate in a self-assessment. (Presenter TBD)

Redefining Digital Learning

      • The focus of this workshop is to support and enable teachers in designing, developing, and infusing digital learning experiences that utilize technology. Through the SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) staff members will investigate how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students. (Presented by Laura Foley)

The Learner Active Technology Infused Classroom

      • This workshop focuses on raising academic rigor, actively engaging students in learning, and building greater student responsibility for learning. In the LATI classroom, students engage in real-world problems that provide a “felt need” for building curricular skills and concepts. They learn independently and collaboratively and use technology seamlessly as a tool for learning. They manage projects, set goals, assess progress, identify resources for learning, and more. (Presenter TBD)

Promoting Deeper Engagement Capstone

      • This Pathway will culminate in a capstone experience where teachers will reflect on the knowledge they have acquired throughout the series of workshops. These reflections will be presented to the cohort in a multifaceted presentation. Presentations should include an explanation of how the series of workshops has impacted the teacher’s pedagogy. (Presented by Erin Morgan/Elizabeth Fisher)

The Chromebook Classroom

This pathway investigates the latest techniques in creating a classroom for the Digital Age. As part of the 1:1 Initiative teachers will explore various avenues that will allow them to utilize the Chromebook to the fullest in their classrooms. By developing differentiated lessons, the Chromebooks Classroom will help cultivate a culture of creativity and choice. The Workshops within this pathway include:

Designing a Chromebook Ready Classroom

      • Learn more about what Chromebooks have to offer your classroom. Participants will learn how to manage and implement Chromebooks in the classroom, while developing plans to foster engagement in the classroom. Participants will be provided with time to create their plans, while engaging in professional dialogue with colleagues. (Presented by Tanya Stevenson)

Hyperdocs

      • How are you using technology? A HyperDocs is a digital tool that replaces the worksheet method of delivering instruction. Participants will explore how to create HyperDocs, and receive many examples to edit, revise, and use in the classroom to transform lessons into interactive, multi-layered experiences for students. HyperDocs work for all grade levels and subjects, including administrators and coaches. (Presented by Stefana Neimo)

Online Assessments

      • Online assessments can be used for blended learning, a flipped classroom, eLearning, to better communicate learning progress to parents, or for students to track their own mastery. The workshop will explore different tools for generating online assessments for the classroom. (Presenter Lindsey Bischer)

Blended Learning Applications

      • Blended learning combines classroom learning with online learning, in which students can, in part, control the time, pace, and place of their learning. ‘Flipping the classroom’ or ‘inverted teaching’ are also forms of blended learning, as course content is moved out of the classroom to an online format allowing for class time to be more interactive. Learn more about this innovative instructional method in this workshop. (Presented by Lauren Sherburne)

Chromebook in the Classroom Capstone

      • This Pathway will culminate in a capstone experience where teachers will reflect on the knowledge they have acquired throughout the series of workshops. These reflections will be presented to the cohort in a multifaceted presentation. Presentations should include an explanation of how the series of workshops has impacted the teacher’s pedagogy. (Presented by Jennifer Toriello and Lauren Sherburne)

Requirements to Earn a Microcredential and Electronic Badge

To earn the micro-credential, staff members must attend all workshops and complete the capstone project within the Pathway. All courses within each Pathway meet once for two hours after school. Staff members agree to design and implement a capstone project.

Other information:

By signing up for the capstone course you will effectively be signing up for the micro-credential. Please make sure you complete registration of all courses that fall under micro-credential.

  • Staff members may choose to complete more than one Pathway per year.
  • Staff members may earn a micro-credential over the course of two school years.