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South Colonie Educators Present at Math Conference

Four South Colonie educators participated in the 58th Annual Hudson-Mohawk Valley Area Mathematics Conference (HMVAMC) held March 18 at Ballston Spa High School.

With more than 350 educators in attendance, the Hudson-Mohawk Conference is typically one of the largest professional development offerings of its kind in upstate New York. At this year's conference, South Colonie was well represented among the list of regional experts who offered their insight and experience as workshop presenters.

Christine Balkwell (Sand Creek Middle School Grade 5-8 Math AIS teacher), Jeanette Defazzio (K-4 Math AIS teacher) and Rachel Graber (Sand Creek Middle School Grade 5-8 Math AIS teacher) worked collaboratively to offer a workshop entitled "K-6 AIS - South Colonie's Two-Tiered Plan." 

This workshop offered those in attendance insight into how South Colonie reinforces, remediates and reaches out to offer support to teachers and students across our K-8 environment.

Also presenting at the conference was James Brown (Grade 5/6 STEM teacher at Lisha Kill and Sand Creek Middle Schools). Brown's workshop entitled "Wind Can Do Work" outlined the fundamentals of the wind turbine activity that is offered to South Colonie's 5th Graders as part of the new 5/6 STEM program.

All the South Colonie teachers who participated in Saturday's Math Conference should be congratulated for a job well-done. Their willingness to put the time and effort into participating in a regional event such as the Hudson-Mohawk Area Math Conference is evidence of their professionalism and their commitment to professional learning.