South Orangetown Central School District

Students may be at home today, but our schools were filled with educators from across the county for Regional Superintendents’ Conference Day. SOCSD hosted several county-wide workshops, including an Earth Science Share-A-Thon and sessions on Google Hyperdocs for science, the CharacterStrong character education program, and English as a Second Language teaching techniques. “It’s a great opportunity for colleagues from around the county to come together around topics of interest,” noted Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Brian Culot.

District staff members also attended a number of SOCSD-specific trainings, including a mandatory workshop on child abuse reporting and sexual harassment prevention led by Elizabeth Ledkovsky. Ms. Ledkovsky, an attorney with the firm that serves as the district’s general counsel, has extensive experience with Title IX, civil rights and employment law. “This training is essential to ensure that we continually foster an environment of mutual respect and safety for staff and students,” said Executive Director of Finance & Management Services Alicia Koster. “With increased legislation around sexual harassment in the workplace, the district will continue to provide this and other trainings on an annual basis.”

Other SOCSD-only workshops covered topics including mindfulness in the classroom and facilitating difficult conversations with students about ethics, social responsibility, prejudice, and justice, as well as a session led by TZHS Genders and Sexualities Alliance members on how to best support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students in the classroom and school community.

Large group of teachers participating in class