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Bronxville Educators Provide Lessons At National Conference

A team of eight administrators and teachers travelled to Dallas for a professional development conference.
A team of eight administrators and teachers travelled to Dallas for a professional development conference. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
Bronxville educators presented at the EdLeader21 Conference in Dallas.
Bronxville educators presented at the EdLeader21 Conference in Dallas. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
An example of the methods that were taught to Bronxville educators at the EdLeader21 Conference in Dallas.
An example of the methods that were taught to Bronxville educators at the EdLeader21 Conference in Dallas. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Some of the top educators from the Bronxville School District travelled to Texas, where they collaborated with colleagues from around the nation and attended professional development workshops regarding 21st century education.

A team of eight administrators and teachers travelled to Dallas for the EdLeader21 Conference, where they “attended workshops focused on 21st century skills, including the 4Cs: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.”

Mara Koetke, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, said that the conference provided the educators the opportunity to share some of the progressive teaching methods being employed in Bronxville.

She added that while they were able to offer their teaching methodology, they also were able to learn from the other attendees, taking home different ideas from the conference, which they can now pursue further.

“It was gratifying to network with districts across the country that are prioritizing the same dispositions we have in Bronxville,” she said. “Many districts are focused on implementing and refining their approach to curriculum and assessment that focused on developing students as critical thinkers, innovators and agents of change.

At the conference, Koetke was joined by Elementary School Curriculum Leader Louise Lebrini and Assistant principal Adrienne Laitman for their presentation on lesson study, which is a professional development model for 21st-century learning.

According to their presentation, lesson study “involves collaboration between teachers who develop a lesson that is based on observations and data to determine the most effective ways to improve student learning.”

“We hope other educators who attended our presentation got a better understanding of this professional development model, which uses real-time analysis of a lesson in order to improve instruction,” Laitman said. “(We hope) that it prompted them to start thinking about how they might begin adopting this model in their own districts.”

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