Local teachers attend SUNY summit

Three B-P instructors chosen to give seminar

Anita Stabrowski

BROADALBIN — Over 2,000 teachers came together across New York state at eight different campus locations for the Teachers Summit, a state-wide event where SUNY partners with college campuses to enrich teachers teaching skills.

Three Broadalbin-Perth middle school teachers were given the prestigious opportunity to present a workshop at the first New York Teachers Summit on Monday, at the University at Albany.

“This is a good opportunity for them to showcase some of their work,” said Heather Nellis, from the communications office at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School.

The summit give teachers the opportunity to come together to connect, attend workshops led by peers, collaborate with other teachers, learn new innovations and share experiences.

According to the SUNY website, the eight campuses that teachers attended throughout the state are: SUNY Potsdam, Suny Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany, Old Westbury, Suny Purchase, Binghamton University, SUNY Geneseo and University at Buffalo.

Michael Nacheman

“This is a place for teachers to work together and learn and grow,” Nellis said.

Each campus followed an agenda that included two breakout sessions. The first breakout session was from 9:40 to 10:25 a.m. and the second breakout session was from 1:05 to 1:50 p.m.

During each of the breakout sessions, there were workshops or presentations for teachers to attend. Teachers could choose only one workshop or presentation to attend per breakout session.

“The day was filled with presentations by teachers for teachers so that we can collaborate and also seek advice from each other,” said Anita Stabrowski, science teacher at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School.

At the Teachers Summit in UAlbany, Broadalbin-Perth middle school teachers, Anita Stabrowski, science teacher Michael Nacheman and Nichole Sullivan, a math teacher, gave a presentation on how they work to integrate math and science lessons in the classrooms.

Nichole Sullivan

Nacheman said they have been using the same language in the math and science lessons to help students understand similar topics that are taught in math and science.

“It is our hope that teachers will see the value in integrating these math and science activities and start doing it on their own,” Nacheman said.

Nacheman and Stabrowski were also both chosen for the New York State Master Teacher Program.

According to the SUNY website, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program to strengthen the K-12 STEM education.

The SUNY website states, “The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.

Teachers who attended the summit are now able to take back what they learned from their peers to their classrooms and share their new tools and resources with their students and other teachers.

The summit also gave teachers the opportunity to connect with other teachers throughout NYS an to learn and grow from one another.

“What [the teachers summit] does for teachers is improve their skills,” Stabrowski said. “Open their network so that we can compare ideas.”

Stabrowski said the discussions are about students and how they learn best and what teachers can do to help them.

Stabrowski said they have open discussions from teacher to teacher about students and how students learn and what they learn is invaluable. She said they get insights into topics they may have missed.

“The summit helps students because we glean ideas from each other,” Stabrowski said.

“Networking between teachers is so important,” Stabrowski said. She said teachers all experience the same difficulties, so asking other teachers how they approach those difficulties can help give other teachers ideas when approaching those difficulties. “Teaching is fluid, not stagnant. You need to keep at it — if you just ‘maintain’ you are behind,” Stabrowski said. “At the same time you need to be aware of what you are doing and how that is affecting students.”