Educational professionals of many disciplines from all over the region gathered at SUNY Cortland for the 2018 Connect, Create, Innovate conference in March.
The conference is a professional development event for teachers and school professionals. Attendees choose from dozens of sessions that cover a wide variety of subjects. This year, sessions included Basics of Digital Storytelling, Applying Color Theory Principles and Having Fun with STEM and STEAM.
“The idea for the event came from teachers of the non-core content areas themselves,” said Alexis Abrama, Grant Project Manager at SUNY Cortland. “Schools frequently only have one or maybe a handful of teachers in a non-core content area. It’s a great way to network some of the smaller districts in our region, and provide content-related PD for the teachers who generally have to go out of their way to find it.”
Sessions provided experiential and often hands-on workshops designed to help educators adopt cutting-edge teaching methods. The event also provided participants the opportunity to network with teachers in their content area as well as new educational partners. A number of vendors were also present with additional educational resources.
“Non-core content area teachers have been so positive about an event just for them,” Abrama said. “It’s really a pleasure to serve them. And although the evaluations have been good, we are looking carefully at the feedback. We have learned a lot with each conference.”
Connect, Create, Innovate is a cooperation between SUNY Cortland and TST BOCES Cooperative Enrichment Services and School Library System.