Educators shared their knowledge with each other at the North Bellmore School District’s Superintendent’s Conference Day this month at Newbridge Road Elementary School. The district’s faculty and support staff gathered for an EdCamp-style program with the theme “Shine Your Light.”
Participants could choose the workshops they wanted to attend, which were led by their colleagues. Each time slot consisted of at least a dozen workshops, with topics covering all academic areas. There were interactive classes in art, music and physical education, discussions on classroom book selections and introductions to the latest educational resources such as Breakout EDU kits and Ozobots.
“We designed Superintendent’s Conference Day with the talents of our teachers and staff in mind,” said Superintendent Marie Testa. “Our goal was to celebrate and cross pollinate the extraordinary gifts of our professionals. There is no better professional development than colleagues learning, sharing and conversing with colleagues and we have the best of the best in North Bellmore.”
Karen Collins, a sixth-grade teacher at Newbridge, attended music, math and engineering workshops. She said these classes were full of ideas she can use with her students, such as educational apps.
Nicole Martelli, an ENL teacher at Park Avenue Elementary School, co-taught a class on Thinking Maps. “Being able to share something I am so passionate about was extremely inspiring,” she said. “I also loved being given the opportunity to visit different workshops that sparked my interest.”
A Twitter lounge was created outside the gymnasium, where district technology experts helped teachers create their own Twitter accounts and showed them how to use the social media platform to share their classroom activities. Teachers were encouraged to share their photos from the day with the tag #NBignited.