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Paterson Educators Attend Workshop
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Paterson Educators Attend Workshop The Academy for Urban School Transformation, based at the College of Education and Human Services, was selected by Paterson Public Schools to provide job-embedded, in-class instructional coaching and professional development to support the turnaround effort for two of its most challenging schools. The Academy has developed a research-based, practitioner-validated Model for Urban School Transformation that has been effective for many urban districts, and is beginning its second year in Paterson.

To jump start the 2012-2013 school year, Seton Hall hosted a three-day Professional Development Session last month involving over 100 teachers and administrators from Paterson Schools No. 4 and No. 10, along with Academy instructional coaches. Dr. Donnie W. Evans, Paterson’s Superintendent of Schools, opened the workshops by welcoming all and shared his deep belief in the Seton Hall/ Paterson partnership. Dr. Charles Mitchel, the Academy’s director, followed up with an inspirational message, reminding the participating educators that: “Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success!”

During the workshop, the group explored the new Common Core Standards and learned about using data to drive instruction. Participants also examined how to understand and organize Professional Learning Communities and had an opportunity to re-charge their physical, emotional, and spiritual battery.

Every teacher from the two Paterson schools has an Academy Instructional Coach who works directly with them in the classroom, providing feedback, co-teaching, and demonstrating lessons for at least one hour per week. Additional out-of-class support includes focused professional development, chairing of one grade-level meeting per month, and lesson planning assistance. The school leadership also has a Leadership Coach supplied by the Academy.

“The evaluation/feedback we have received so far has been excellent,” Dr. Mitchel reports. “Teachers said that all sessions they attended were meaningful, useful, and motivational—a great way to begin the school year!”

For more information please contact:
Rebekah M. Hastey
(973) 276-2446


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