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In conjunction with:
Beacon City School District  • Dover Union Free School District • Hyde Park Central School District
Northeast Central School District • Pine Plains Central School District
Dutchess BOCES (LEA)

 

 

What's Happening

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Inspiring Success

“The STLE project has offered me the opportunity to receive some great professional development, particularly in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. My experiences in those workshops have really influenced me and helped me develop as an administrator. I've also gotten to work with and learn from the many talented educators in Dutchess County. Leading workshops with colleagues has also been a valuable experience for me. Overall, my involvement in the STLE project has been very positive and impacted and enhanced my practice as a principal.” 

 

 

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Daniel Doherty, Principal

teacher Leader S DiSalvoDutchess County’s top teachers are continuing to share their knowledge and expertise with fellow educators through an innovative Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Program (STEP-Up) offered by Dutchess BOCES.

Teacher Susan Pool-DiSalvo applauds the opportunities she has had in the Step-Up Academy workshops. She notes how helpful they have been in terms of developing leadership in her school. As a Reading Specialist, workshops on how to effectively run meetings, facilitate workshops, and teach adults have all helped her improve in her job and as a teacher leader offering workshops for other educators.

Mrs. Pool-DiSalvo and colleague Janine Babcock participated in the STLE2 project and are now serving as teacher leaders who are disseminating good practices to other educators as part of the STEP-Up Academies.

“We have been inspired by all of this, and have conducted a Reading Roundtable workshop that we’ll be offering again this spring,” said Ms. Poole-DiSalvo. “We’ve reached out to other reading specialists in the county, and we talk about curriculum, programs, assessments, etc. We’re all facing similar challenges, and this is an opportunity to collaborate and to teach.”

 

 

“Being a teacher, we encourage our students to continue to grow, and we ourselves need to maintain a mindset of continued growth as well because we’re not done learning,” she said.  “Because we are leaders, not just in the classroom but in our building and in our communities, we must continue our professional and personal development.”

Susan Pool-DiSalvo, Reading Specialist

 

“I have attended workshops both online and in person, some of which were facilitated by other members of the Step-Up Academy. I particularly enjoyed a full-day workshop about working with at-risk students given by BOCES specialist, Danielle Fried. I look forward to continuing to participate in the Step-Up Academy for the spring semester, and I am thankful to BOCES for this opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience!” 

 Janine Babcock, Reading Specialist

 

j babcockJanine Babcock is a Reading Specialist in Pine Plains and the STLE2 Step-Up Academy was her first opportunity to facilitate professional development for teachers outside of her own district.

“Last summer, I taught a workshop entitled "Foundational Reading Skills in the Middle School," which is an important topic of interest for me as I teach struggling readers at the middle school level. Despite being incredibly nervous, I received positive feedback from that workshop that encouraged me to continue with the grant program.”  This fall, her colleague and fellow reading specialist, Susan Poole-DiSalvo, developed a Reading Specialists Roundtable series. They have offered the first two sessions so far. They are hopeful about creating an ongoing opportunity for reading and literacy specialists throughout the county to communicate and share ideas, successes, and challenges.

Through the grant, Ms. Babcock has also been able to attend numerous professional development workshops at no cost to her district. She comments, “I have attended workshops both online and in person, some of which were facilitated by other members of the Step-Up Academy. I particularly enjoyed a full-day workshop about working with at-risk students given by BOCES specialist, Danielle Fried. I look forward to continuing to participate in the Step-Up Academy for the spring semester, and I am thankful to BOCES for this opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience!” 


The STEP-Up Project

The purpose of the STEP-Up Project is to provide a pathway of growth for teachers and principals through a career ladder of defined roles and responsibilities for advancement. STEP-Up provides opportunities to identify and recognize exceptional teachers and principals as they develop and share expertise.

The STEP-Up Project will meet these goals through the development of two academies, STEP-Up Teacher Academy and the STEP-Up Principal Academy. Through the academies, participants will receive high quality, rigorous professional development aligned directly with the implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda, coaching and modeling, and collaboration and support through online professional learning communities.

STEP-Up Project Goals:

  • Build the collective efficacy of teachers and principals across Dutchess County,
  • Build capacity of expert teachers and principals to mentor and coach their peers,
  • Provide opportunity, recognition, incentives, and compensation for professional growth and career advancement,
  • Retain effective teachers and principals by providing a Career Ladder Pathway early in their careers,
  • Improve student achievement by strengthening both teacher and principal evaluation.

Sustainability:

Throughout the period of the STEP-Up Project, BOCES Specialist, Teacher Leaders and Principal Leaders and Master Teachers and Master Principals will be designing and offering professional development that support all aspects of the Regents Reform Agenda.

These professional development sessions will be turned into a STEP-Up Online Repository.

Selection/Nomination Process:

  • District advertises and distributes Candidate Eligibility Packets
  • Teacher/Principal candidates submit Eligibility Packet to district designees
  • Selection Committee reviews all candidate Eligibility Packets
  • Selection Committee completes Candidate Selection Forms and forwards to Superintendent
  • Superintendent reviews candidate nominees, signs, and forwards final district nominations to Dutchess County BOCES, STLE2 Coordinator, Dr. Jodi DeLucia
  • STLE2 Coordinator notifies selected participants of their status and stipend award

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CAREER LADDER FOR TEACHERS  (See Teacher Academy Package)

NOVICE TEACHER

The Novice Teacher provides an entry point for identifying, recognizing, and developing potential Master Teacher.
Stipend: Not Applicable

PROFESSIONAL TEACHER

The Professional Teacher position denotes the accomplishment of moving from initial to professional certification, untenured to tenured, and accrued experience.
Stipend: Not Applicable

TEACHER LEADER

In addition to the responsibilities of the Professional Teacher, the Teacher Leader develops and leads county-wide professional development activities through the STEP-Up Academy.
Stipend: Professional Development Design - $900

MASTER TEACHER

This position assumes responsibility for providing regional support for colleagues (novice and professional) through the STEP-Up Academy.
Stipend: Professional Development Design - $900
Countywide Online Support Activity - 6 week program $450  OR 12 week program $900

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CAREER LADDER FOR PRINCIPALS  (See Principal Academy Package)

NOVICE PRINCIPAL

The Novice Principal provides an entry point for identifying, recognizing, and developing potential Master Principal.
Stipend: Not Applicable

PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPAL

The Professional Principal position denotes the accomplishment of moving from Initial to Professional Certification, untenured to tenured, and accrued experience.
Stipend: Not Applicable

PRINCIPAL LEADER

 

In addition to the responsibilities of the Professional Principal, the Principal Leader develops and leads county-wide professional development through the STEP-Up Academy.
Stipend: Professional Development Design - $1,000

MASTER PRINCIPAL

This position assumes responsibility for providing regional support for colleagues (novice and professional) through the STEP-Up Academy. Master Principals will assume district-wide leadership responsibilities.
Stipend: Professional Development Design - $1,000
Countywide Online Support Activity - 6 week program $500  OR  12 week program $1,000  OR  Coaching - $1,000

 

TEACHER & PRINCIPAL ACADEMIES

SPRING 2015
February 1, 2015 - June 15, 2015
All activities must be submitted by June 15, 2015.
Applications accepted monthly: December 1, 2014; January 1, February 1, March 1, 2015.

Contact Information
Linda A. Heitmann, Deputy Superintendent / 845.486.4800 / linda.heitmann@dcboces.org
Jodi DeLucia, Director of Educational Resources / 845.486.4840 ext. 4614 / jodi.delucia@dcboces.org

 
Essential STLE-2 Documents