MCS Hosts Lively Superintendents' Conference Day

Sticky Note Project

Teachers and staff each wrote down something they have enjoyed about this year, and stuck it to this poster as part of an end-of-the-day activity

MADISON, NY - The faculty and staff of the Madison Central School District came together to celebrate a strong start to the year, while taking in new ideas and practices for professional success as the District hosted a full day Superintendent’s Conference Day on Friday, October 22nd. 


The goal of the Superintendent’s Conference Day is to provide on-clock time for professional development. At each opportunity, attendees participate in engaging and challenging training sessions regarding areas such as collaboration, skills development, and teaching methods. They are also afforded time to complete mandatory training activities as outlined by the law. 


The day’s agenda began with breakfast and discussions about reading identities. Those sessions were a compliment to the “What are you reading?” initiative that started among the faculty and staff at the beginning of the year, and were organized into small breakout sessions based on the genre of interest. 


Those sessions served as a launching pad for a busy morning. Highlights included a multitude of sessions about School-Wide excellence in reading and writing, a New York State Education Department training on the Special Education Continuum of Services, and sessions for secondary level teachers on departmental collaboration for student success. 


By that point, everyone had worked up an appetite. The Staff was treated to a luncheon at the Madison Lake Pavilion prepared by the one and only SuperChef, Will Cotter, and his culinary team. Along the way, some staff members chose to take a look at the outdoor classroom facilities and other improvements put into place on the MCS Discovery Trail Project. 


After lunch, staff members were given the option to complete required training if they had not already done so, or participate in another session regarding grade level and departmental collaboration. 


The day closed in the Gymnasium, where Science teacher Mr. Joe Burdick challenged each member of the MCS staff to come up with one thing they have enjoyed about the year to this point, put it on a sticky note, and attach it to a poster. It provided an opportunity to finish the day on a positive note. 


During the day, some MCS staff members had an opportunity to travel down to Hamilton Central School for a seminar with 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year Dr. Luvelle Brown of Ithaca. The seminar, presented by Madison-Oneida BOCES, focused on making schools more welcoming to all students.

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