Hicksville Public Schools is Represented at the AFT TEACH Conference in Washington, DC
AFT TEACH (Together Educating America’s Children) conference, held July 13-15
in Washington, D.C., celebrated the work of educators and provided an
opportunity for union leaders, administrators, and civic and community leaders to
come together for workshops, overviews of innovative work, and
thought-provoking keynote speakers. The
collaborative efforts of the Hicksville school community was highlighted and presented by Joan Deem, President of Hicksville Congress of Teachers, and Susan
Guiliano, Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessments.
The presentation was titled, “I Have an Idea…,” and focused on the topic of
collaboration between members of the teachers’ union and district
administrators resulting in a partnership that has benefited our students,
staff and the school community. The presentation highlighted three of our district's successful collaborative efforts
including the "Everyone Has Rights Public Service Announcement Contest,"sponsored by the RFK Center for Human Rights, AFT's First Book initiative, and the Wonder
project. Each of these projects began with a simple idea that grew into meaningful learning experiences for students. Both Ms. Deem and Ms. Guiliano assert the success of the three projects are a direct result of the collegial work among district staff including motivated and dedicated teachers and supportive building and central office administrators working collaboratively to create learning environments, programs, and opportunities for students.
Workshop participants were provided an overview of the key components that
have helped our district's collaborative projects to be successful. The work was framed around “5 C’s” standing for Communication, Culture, Climate,
Collaboration, and Culmination. Ms. Deem and Ms. Guiliano spoke
of the importance of building trusting relationships through open and honest
communication, choosing activities that align with the culture of your district,
and “taking the temperature” to make sure the climate is right and people will be open
to ideas. They took their participants on
their journey through the steps of collaboration such as identifying resources in
the district, as well as outside your district, to make a project happen. They shared their experiences in working together
to get buy-in from stakeholders, which included providing support, resources,
and time, and gave the audience tools to develop
an action plan that included starting with an idea and identifying target
partners who can best support the implementation of a teacher-driven and
student-centered project, program or event, and the importance of bringing projects to closure
with a culminating event which serves as an opportunity to celebrate the
work of our students and teachers.
on feedback, the workshop participants appreciated the presentation and resources, strategies to use when faced with challenges, and hearing about how members of our district have worked
together so well to provide great opportunities for students.
access their presentation, click on the link below: