The Teacher Education Unit Faculty Development Retreat was sponsored by the Council of Deans, and held February 4, 2012, at Buffalo State College.

The Teacher Education Faculty Development Committee of Kathy Wood, John Siskar, Theresa Harris-Tigg, Pixita Del Prado Hill, Jing Zhang, Wendy McLeish and Leslie Day planned and organized the event.  They were assisted by students Katie Sclafani, Devin Bartlett, Stephen Malone, and Danielle Tollar.

Raffle prizes were donated by Project Flight.

The event began with a continental breakfast, which was followed by Dean Benjamin Christy's welcome.           


Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg introduces Anne Botticelli, Keynote Speaker.


Keynote Speaker Anne Botticelli, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Elementary
Buffalo Public Schools, addresses the group.


Read Ms. Botticelli's keynote address.



Dr. Pixita Del Prado Hill and Dr. Jevon Hunter

"A Conversation Across the Disciplines to Integrate Literacy into Middle & Secondary Classrooms.” Drs. Jevon Hunter and Pixita del Prado Hill. The instructors of EDU 416 look forward to collaborating with content area methods faculty through discussion of common goals for literacy instruction within the context of CCLS, working together to establish a common language for integrating literacy into the lesson planning process, and developing criteria for evaluating teacher candidates’ use of literacy in lessons.

A Conversation Across the Disciplines to Integrate Literacy into Middle & Secondary Classrooms; Review of Samples from EDU 416


Lucia Costello-Sanders

Common Core or Common Sense? “ Lucia Costello-Sanders, BPS ELA teacher, School #27. Participants will be expose to creative and practical approaches to incorporating the CCLS in the classroom. Review of the 6 instructional shifts and 4 strands. Discuss “backward planning” where assessment tools are created first by asking two Essential Questions. Develop a literary unit from the model. 

Anne Botticelli, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Elementary, Buffalo Public Schools

"Shifts in the Common Core learning Standards.” Anne Botticelli, Buffalo Public Schools. This break out session will take a more in depth look at the Instructional Shifts in Literacy, with specific attention paid to vocabulary instruction and text complexity.

30 Million Word Gap; Stahl - Vocabulary Development; Graves - Teaching Individual Words; Stanovich - Matthew Effect; Adams - Beginning to Read

Bringing Words to Life: Beck, Kucan, McKeown; Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction, by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Vocabulogic; PARCC Content Frameworks; engageNY; Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project

CCLS Presentation; College and Career Ready

Here is a link to the BPS homepage for the Common Core Standards, from which you can download the CCS and Appendices: Common Core BPS homepage


Chris Farino and Amy Chiarella

“CCLS for the High School Classroom.” Amy Chiarella and Chris Farino, NFS. This presentation will focus on practical, user-friendly information on the Common Core Standards, their origins/why they are with us now and where they will take educators from here. Reading strategies, lesson ideas and professional conversation around the CCLS will be shared. Participants will acquire a general knowledge base that will be applicable to secondary English classrooms.


Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg

“Play with Engage NY!”  Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg, BSC English Dept. Participants will engage in a scavenger hunt of key components of the Engage NY website. IMPORTANT:   To participate in this workshop you will need to bring your own laptop or I-Pad.


Ebony Bullock , Jennifer Robbins, and Ndekezi Ndezi

“CCLS in Social Studies.”  Ebony E. Bullock, BPS District Support Teacher in Social Studies and Ndezi Ndecki, BPS Curriculum Lead Teacher for Social Studies at East High School. This presentation will include a hands-on overview of the NYS Common Core Learning Standards in Social Studies. Participants will backward map one writing standard in order to see its progression and articulation vertically in K-12 grades. In addition, participants will get a chance to view exemplar CCLS unit plans.

CCLS in Social Studies

Mary Haggerty, Principal, Kaegebein Elementary

“Wrapping Our Heads (and Instruction) around the CCLS."  Mary E. Haggerty, Principal, Kaegebein Elementary. An activity based presentation that focuses on how the CCLS "shifts" map to Bloom's Taxonomy. Discussion of how that information impacts instructional planning. Participants will deconstruct a unit and lesson based on the CCLS.

Bloom's Taxonomy; Common Core Shifts; Common Core Unit; Common Core Lesson


Retreat Statistics:  138 attended. 

Comments received:

“Excellent retreat; need more like this.”

“Very well organized”

“Thank you for planning this.”

“Super experience”

“I like getting people together across the unit.”

“Great presenters; excellent energy!”

“This retreat was very informative.  I really enjoyed all the lectures.”


95% agreed or strongly agreed that the retreat was beneficial.