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BKW to benefit from professional development grant 

BKW joins grant-funded consortium to improve instructional practice through regional professional development

Teachers and administrators from Berne-Knox-Westerlo will join together with six other regional schools in a consortium to improve instructional practice through collaborative regional professional development, thanks to a two-year, $1,015,904 grant from the New York State Department of Education.

The Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 2 (STLE 2) grant is intended to support New York State school districts in developing and implementing career ladder programs for teachers and principals. Statewide, thirty-three individual school districts and six BOCES-led consortia received $24.8 million for the STLE 2 Program.

Capital Region BOCES will lead the seven-district Leaders in Educator Advancement and Development (LEAD) Consortium, which will connect Berne-Knox-Westerlo educators with peers in Cobleskill, Cohoes, Green Island, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schoharie and Sharon Springs School Districts.

Consortium participants will partake in regional Professional Learning Communities facilitated by the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) and receive training and support from the College of Saint Rose Thelma P. Lally School of Education in implementing Action Research in their schools and classrooms. BOCES Educational Support Services will provide additional training, coaching and support to consortium districts.

Through a career-ladder program in each district, teachers and principals will share their learning with educators in their home districts, building a network of peer professional development that can be sustained into the future.

“BOCES was created to support education and collaboration between New York state school districts,” said BOCES District Superintendent Charles Dedrick. “This program gives us the opportunity to support highly effective educators in building a team approach to education that will strengthen instruction for more than 8,000 students across our region.”

The grant was written in partnership with the Capital Region BOCES Grants & Development Service.