Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

What did you do last Saturday?

Posted on: October 28, 2010

Leaf peeping?  Hay ride?  Pumpkin patch visit?

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Well, your Northampton teachers went to New York City on October 23rd.  They didn’t go shopping or see a Broadway show.  They attended the Teachers College and Writing Project at Columbia University.  This Professional Development aligns with Jenny Bender’s work with writing and sets the stage for reading.

Principal Gwen Agna from Jackson Street School was in attendance and said that “the day in NYC on Saturday was wonderful – stimulating, high level, exciting!  It was nice to see those who came from NPS!”

Reading Interventionist, Mary Porcino sent a note to our Director of Academic Effectiveness who helped with the coordination of this trip.  She thanked him for the opportunity to network with teachers from area districts including Amherst and South Hadley which prompted discussions about potential collaboration with RTI explorations.  “The energy from the participants was invigorating.”

Kudos to the teachers from our district that attended this workshop.  I know that I sound like a broken record, but we have such talented and dedicated teachers in Northampton.  Every bit of Professional Development reinforces the work done in the classroom and allows for consistency throughout the district.

2 Responses to "What did you do last Saturday?"

I agree with Mary Porcino. It was a high-energy, value-packed professional development workshop. We literally had to dash from one superb presentation to the next to secure a spot. Many of us took notes while seated on the floor. Worth it.
It was also invigorating to rise at 4am to meet the bus for the 5am departure from Northampton High School. The wise travelers loaded the bus equipped with notebooks AND pillows!!
I am happy I had the chance to attend. Thanks.

Maureen, I’m glad you found it so invigorating, that was our hope. Isabelina

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