Teachers Teaching Teachers

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The Locust Valley High School hallways were abuzz with enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness to learn during the district’s Superintendent’s Conference Day on Nov. 6. While it was a day off for students, staff from every LVCSD school sat in the seats in the classrooms usually filled with teenagers, while their colleagues and some outside experts expanded their minds with new information about mental health, technology, teaching, learning and so much more.

The day began with keynote speaker Julie Wise, who inspired the group to be inquirers, to speak with intention and to have what she called courageous conversations. Following her presentation, faculty and staff went to sessions for specific departments and to sessions they chose for themselves.

With nearly 80 sessions on 40 topics, participants had the opportunity to choose what would benefit them the most. There were eight outside presenters and almost 40 presenters from within the faculty.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that while hours of planning by many people went into making Superintendent's Conference Day the success that it was, she expected that the benefits of the day will last for a long time. 

“Supporting mental health continues to be a top priority for each of us, for our families and for our students,” she said. “It is the foundation for all that we do and hope to accomplish. Everyone walked away from Superintendent’s Conference Day with tools and insights about mental health and other topics of interest that are invaluable.” 

She added that professional development continues to be a priority in the district, and she was thrilled to see the commitment of the staff to sharing their insights and to learning from each other and from outside experts.

International Baccalaureate Coordinator Angela Manzo, who is also a high school math teacher, taught two sessions and said her class of teachers was so eager to learn that it was energizing. 

“Knowing that I was able to contribute to the growth of my colleagues is so rewarding,” she said. She and many others were tweeting photos and praise for the day using #EdCampLVCSD.