Six Franklin County school districts are participating in Regional Staff Development Day on Friday.

The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES Planning Committee, comprising area educators from component districts, used the Education and Training Consortium, Regional Needs Assessment Surveys and district and BOCES staff development plans in deciding what sessions would be needed this year.

The districts participating are Brushton-Moira, Chateaugay, Salmon River, Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

Some of the offerings planned are: Twitter, Blogs and Wikis; Navigating the Math Curriculum; What Does It Take To Be A Healthy School; Exploring Literacy Coaching; Creative Uses of Government Commodity Food in Educational Programs; Circle of Courage; Making the Most of Available Technology in the Elementary Classroom; Rethinking High School Economics; and SMARTBoard use.

Also new this year to the Regional Staff Development Day is A Taste of Technology, an opportunity to experience a sampling of innovative technology sessions to enhance classroom instruction. These mini sessions are being held at both the north (Salmon River) and south (Saranac Lake) ends.

"When implemented, the information, skills and strategies gained from attending any of these sessions will enhance the education of children within our Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES region," organizers said in a news release.

People with questions may contact Leslie LaRose, director of special services, at 483-5230.

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