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Professional Development


For more than a decade, Harrison has offered faculty expansive summer opportunities tailored to meet a wide range of organizational and personalized professional learning goals. We are extremely proud of the program’s rigorous content and pedagogical breadth. Moreover, we take pride in the high level of faculty leadership and participation in summer professional development, a distinguishing quality of our district that attests to your deep commitment to continuous improvement.  It is my sincere pleasure to present you with Harrison’s 2019/20 in-service professional development program.

This year, you may select from 40 institutes, workshops and study groups that reflect the district’s core values and have been designed to support exploration and implementation of the district’s evolving strategic goals: personalization of learning, social-emotional development and assessment through multiple measures of learning. Three multiple-day institutes continue to anchor the summer program: IB Middle Years Program, Elementary and our New Teacher Institute exclusively for teachers in their first or second year in Harrison. New courses have been designed to examine strategies that support behavioral interventions in the classroom, the integration of the NYS Social Studies Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards. Coursework continues to focus and expand upon the district’s long-term instructional priorities including instructional design, literacy strategies, academic language, conceptual mathematics, and technology integration.

It is also worth noting that summer is prime time for a host of other intensive professional learning activities. Teachers work throughout the summer on design teams designing, developing and revising curricula that span all grade levels and disciplines. Additionally, Harrison’s lab schools and academies - Harrison Summer School Academy, Bridges to Literacy, Writers’ and College Essay Workshops, AP World Institute and IB Extended Essay Research Workshop - afford teachers an authentic opportunity to transfer theory to their practice in innovative learning environments.

Please click here for the 2019-2020 Courses for review and summer planning.

I encourage you to consider your department, building and personal goals in designing your summer professional learning plans. Reach out to your department directors and building principals, course facilitators and mentors for guidance. 

Last year we had record enrollment, with more than 570 registrants enrolled during the first week of registration. In keeping with past practice, we are limiting registration to three (3) in-service activities per teacher during the first 10 days of registration. This restriction is designed to ensure that all teachers have an equitable opportunity to enroll in high demand courses. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

Online registration through MyLearningPlan will open on Tuesday, May 14th, at 9pm.

I’d like to express my appreciation to all of the members of our leadership team, teacher-facilitators and my secretary who have invested countless hours to bring this year’s in-service program to fruition.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.

Michael Greenfield
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Follow me on Twitter @harrisonasi

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