The Classroom Academy: A Residency Program
Helping Districts Recruit, Retain, and Improve Instructional Practice
School districts across NYS are facing challenges recruiting classroom ready new teachers, retaining their expert teachers, and improving everyone's instructional practice to benefit student learning.
The Classroom Academy addresses these challenges directly and provides a financially sustainable model. Current district partners include: Beekmantown Central School, Cambridge Central School, Hudson Falls Central School, Stillwater Central School, Schenectady City School District, and Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex County Board of Cooperative Education Services.
Leading our future teachers.
Attending teachers are expert teachers, committed to the principles of accomplished teaching and improving their instructional practice. These lead educators are carefully selected and matched. Beyond guiding residents in the classroom, they also join them in a professional learning community, a monthly dialogue to develop a common language to better articulate professional decision making and development of thinking and writing around description, analysis, and reflection regarding instructional practice (needed on both the edTPA and in the National Board component). This work creates a meaningful shared learning experience for all participants. In addition, leader teachers make their own learning transparent as they participate in the National Board process by completing and submitting Component 2 around Differentiation of Instruction. This work builds a common language and understanding as residents embark on completing the edTPA portfolio assessment for certification during year 2.
The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES does not discriminate in its programs and activities, including employment and admission as applicable, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, veterans' status, political affiliation, domestic victim status, use of a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog, disability, or other classifications protected under federal or state law, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The designated district compliance officers will coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law. The BOCES Compliance Officers are: Turina Parker and Ronald Black, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, 1153 Burgoyne Avenue, Suite 2, Fort Edward, NY 12828. phone: 518-746-3310, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Complaints may also be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, New York Office, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005- 2500, phone (646) 428-3800, fax (646) 428-3843, email:OCR.NewYork@ed.gov