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Kondrick chosen to serve on NYS Education Department ELA advisory panel

January 22, 2015
By David Prenatt - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican

Members of the Ripley Central School District Board of Education offered congratulations recently to English, language arts teacher Karen Kondrick who was chosen to serve on the New York State Education Department ELA advisory panel.

The panels was established to advise the State Department of Education on the design of the pre-k through 12 curriculum, and on the modification and implementation of the State learning standards. Kondrick received the honor of serving as an advisor based on her expertise and her dedication to student success.

As an advisor, Kondrick will supply both written and verbal feedback to the education department regarding resources, policies and implementation strategies. She will also serve as a liaison between the department and the district.

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Ripley Central School District English and language arts teacher Karen Kondrick demonstrates a vase made with a 3-D printer in the school’s Maker’s Lab to board of education president Robert Bentley. Kondrick was chosen to serve on an advisory panel to the State Education Department.

Kondrick, who teaches sixth grade, has taught at Ripley Central School for the last 9 years. She has attended several professional development seminars on ways to connect literacy with both technology, and content areas.

She is a Western New York Writing Project Fellow, a National Board Certificate Candidate, and has presented at many local and state level conferences as well as at the National Science Teachers Association Conference.

Board president Robert Bentley congratulated Kondrick and said she was a great example for her fellow teachers, especially for her pursuit of professional development. "It isn't the fact that you get this intensive training, the big thing is that you bring it back to share it," he said.

School superintendent Lauren Ormsby spoke of how she and Kondrick went on "a whirlwind tour" when they attended the Expeditionary Learning National Conference in Boston, MA from Dec. 7 to 9 , followed by four days in Albany at the New York Network Team Institute and Tech Valley High School.

Kondrick then elaborated on her experiences with Dr. Ormsby, saying that she attended a lot of workshops on English Language Arts. She said the focus on field work, not field trips, impressed her. Ormsby added that in expeditionary learning, students gain knowledge through learning expeditions and adventures. Character development is as important as development of a child's intellect.

"Academics and character development are of equal importance," said Ormsby.

Kondrick added that students are at the center of expeditionary learning and the teacher acts as a facilitator, helping students to direct their own learning. She said that expeditionary learning is project-based; students develop their own self-directed projects through which they investigate and solve problems.

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Ripley Central School District English and Language Arts teacher Karen Kondrick demonstrates a vase made with a 3-D printer int he school's Maker's Lab to board of education president Robert Bentley. Kondrick was chosen to serve on an advisory panel to the State Education Department.

 
 

 

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