Dr. Peter Kalenda Collaborates with Area Educators to Develop a Professional Learning Series for P-12 Teachers: The College at Brockport

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Dr. Peter Kalenda Collaborates with Area Educators to Develop a Professional Learning Series for P-12 Teachers

The Brockport Research Institute and Dr. Peter Kalenda teamed up with the Lyons Central School District and Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES to design and facilitate a professional learning series for their p-12 teachers.

Dr. Peter Kalenda has been collaborating with the Lyons Central School District (LCSD) and Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES to design and facilitate professional learning series for their p-12 teachers. This work has been made possible through a course buy-out sponsored by the Brockport Research Institute, run by Dr. Sara Silverstone, in Fall 2018. Two unique series have been developed to aid these organizations in meeting their teachers' needs for the current academic year.

The LCSD has been working with their teachers to better understand how to use learning standards to develop units of study. This task has become increasingly difficult as New York State Learning Standards have been recently revised for nearly every subject area. Dr. Peter Kalenda created a 12-hour course to support teachers with creating new units of study called Developing Standards-based Units with the Understanding by Design (UbD) Unit Planning Template. Through this series, teachers are introduced to the UbD 2.0 Template for unit design and are carefully guided through designing their first standards-based unit. This series will be repeated to allow for all p-12 teachers in the LCSD to collaborate and gain the same level of understanding for course design.

Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES collaborated with five area school districts to write a Title IV grant to support Arts Integration in their schools. This grant was funded in the fall, and Dr. Kalenda designed a 25-hour series for p-12 arts teachers and core subject area teachers in the five districts. Teachers were introduced to the new NYS Arts Standards, learned how to align these standards with ELA, math, science, or social studies standards; develop performance assessments that showcase understanding of arts and a core subject area; and produce a full UbD unit to ensure lesson planning is standards-based. Teachers were encouraged to attend this series in small teams of arts and core subject teachers to allow for collaborative writing throughout the series.

Eight local artists were hired to co-facilitate the Arts Integration PD series to share examples of how artists can collaborate with classroom teachers to create integrated learning experiences. These local artists included Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, Nels Ross of injest, Brian Coughlin, William Hubbell, and Sondra & John Bromka of Bells & Motley: Olden Music, Dance, and Storytelling. Teachers engaged in juggling, singing, creating a storyboard for a children’s book, dressing in period-appropriate costumes, and playing musical instruments. These artists also became available to hire as Artists-in-Residence using the Title IV funding. The Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Museum and Science Center also sent representatives to share how they can support learning during arts integrated units, and teachers were provided funding for field experiences.

Both of these series will continue to be offered throughout the spring semester to allow teachers ample planning and reflection time between sessions.

Contact:

pkalenda@brockport.edu

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