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Teachers Share Ideas During Hendrick Hudson Schools' Early Release Days

School teachers and professional staff gathered in small and big groups to collaborate during a Sept. 19 early release day at Hendrick Hudson School District schools.
School teachers and professional staff gathered in small and big groups to collaborate during a Sept. 19 early release day at Hendrick Hudson School District schools. Photo Credit: Contributed

MONTROSE, N. Y. -- The learning continued for teachers in the Hendrick Hudson School District even after dismissal of students during a recent early release school day.

District officials said the first early release day on Sept. 19 gave teachers a chance to learn from each other. It was the first early release day, and four more are planned for the 2016-17 school year, officials said.

Throughout Hendrick Hudson district schools, teachers and other professionals gathered in classrooms, auditoriums and conference rooms to share ideas and make curriculum plans. Teachers, teaching assistants, specialists and therapists all gathered to exchange information and offer support.

“We become highly invested when a colleague who teaches the same subject can share a successful approach," said Margaret Ruller, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the district. "There is something uniquely valuable about learning from someone who walks in your shoes.”

Ruller said some of the time was used to look at student work and use it to help guage student understanding of what's been taught.

According to Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School teacher Jennifer LeFevre, the day was was productive and helpful.

“Being together gave us all the opportunity to have an over-arching commonality, with time to discuss both what's working and how we are addressing things that could use improvement," she said.

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