Manchester School District Team presents at NJDOE GIfted and Talented Webinar
A team of Manchester Township School District administrators was invited to present during a NJ Department of Education webinar titled Structuring Gifted & Talented Professional Development for Educators.
The Manchester team consisted of Director of Curriculum Diane Pedroza, Ridgeway School Principal Nikki Mazur, MTHS Vice Principal Tracey Raimondo, and District Supervisors Linda Saraceno, Maureen McLaughlin, and Michelle Nichol. Their portion of the webinar was titled Best Practices in Structuring Gifted and Talented Professional Development for Educators.
The team shared their strategies for developing a well-structured professional development plan based on the identified interests and needs of the teachers, school leaders, educational services personnel, and student achievement data. They discussed how the SPDC (School Professional Development Committee), LPDC (Local Professional Development Committee) and ScIP (School Improvement Committee) work together to identify needs and develop a plan for professional development. They also reviewed areas of focus relating to gifted and talented best practices, guided inquiry, data analysis and STEM.
“It was an honor to be part of the panel that presented this workshop. Collaboration with these groups is important and key to our commitment to a philosophy of differentiated instruction for all students,” said Pedroza.
In addition to the Manchester team, presenters included representatives from the NJDOE, the United States Department of Education, and the NJ Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act Sub-Committee. Over 400 educators from across the state attended the webinar.