inSights Magazine Winter 2015 - Page 6

Teachers College Implementation Now Encompasses Grades K-8 Enfield Public Schools is in its second year of implementation of the writers’ workshop model. E nfield Public School teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade are using the writing units of study developed by Lucy Calkins, the founder and director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. These units of study ensure that students at all levels of Enfield Public Schools are being exposed to instruction of a variety of genres of writing. Students are also writing more with the idea of choice playing a critical role in the development of their writing. Enfield Public Schools has provided primary, intermediate, and middle school teachers with professional development from Teachers College in the effective delivery of writers’ workshop. These professional development opportunities have come in a variety of forms. Over the past two years, we have had consultants from Teachers College deliver large group professional development sessions which explore both the elements of the writers’ workshop model and the units of study. Another form of professional development consists of consultants spending a day at a school and modeling elements of the workshop model in classrooms with Enfield students. Enfield Public Schools has also sent language arts consultants and administrators to New York City to attend a workshop at Teachers College. Several teachers from Enfield Public Schools took advantage of The Teachers College Fall Saturday Reunion, traveling to New York City to attend this free event which offered over 125 different sessions. Growing Partnership Between EPS and MassMutual The strong partnership between MassMutual and Enfield Public Schools continues to flourish. Since 2006 MassMutual has supported the offering of Junior Achievement Financial Education curriculum to EPS students. Last year, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School took part in the JA in a Day curriculum that was presented by MassMutual volunteers in the spring and fall. The fall cohort of students also took part in MassMutual’s FutureSmart SM Challenge at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. The FutureSmartSM Challenge is arranged in conjunction with select NBA teams where the students learn the importance of saving, career choices, staying in school, and going to college, and how each has a profound impact on their future financial success. inSights - Winter 2015 Enfield High School students were invited to attend MassMutual’s Building Your Future Conference at which more than 400 students from Springfield, MA and Enfield, CT gathered at Western New England University to attend interactive workshops to learn about career paths, as well as how to get into and pay for college. At the 2014 Career Convention held at Enrico Fermi High School, MassMutual employees shared information with students regarding the Career Pathways program which provides internship opportunities, as well as renewable college scholarships that can total up to $20,000 per student. In addition, several Enfield students have been involved in MassMutual internship programs, as well as have been hired in permanent positions after college. MassMutual has also provided space at their Chicopee Learning Center for the Enfield Public Schools’ Administrative Retreat. During the development of the new innovation lab located at John F. Kennedy Middle School, MassMutual was a valuable resource. Not only did they open their doors for representatives from EPS to explore their facilities so we could model the lab after their innovative style, but they also toured our site to give input on the design of th