South Colonie welcomes nearly 50 new instructional staff during summer orientation

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Staff pose for a quick photo during day one of teacher orientation at the Crossings in Colonie.

The start of the school year may be just around the corner but South Colonie faculty and staff members are already prepping for a new year.  On Tuesday, Aug. 9 the district held its annual orientation this year with nearly 50 new instructional staff members eager to begin their instructional journey at South Colonie. 

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The new staff members received a warm welcome from Board of Education Vice President Stephanie Cogan. 

“It was such a nice morning meeting with our new staff,” said Stephanie Cogan, vice president of the board. “We are excited to have this exceptional group of professionals joining our instructional team at the district and look forward to seeing them engage with students in just a few short weeks.”

The two-day orientation is not only to educate new staff members through a leadership lens but to also welcome employees and prepare them for a successful transition to South Colonie. 

“This year we are hiring more staff than we have in recent years,” said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Safe Schools Christopher Robilotti. “Due to many retirements of longstanding employees, our students and families can expect many new faces for the 2022-23 school year.  With that said,  we want to make sure that they are comfortable to get started and have the tools they need to best support our students and families.”

In addition to covering district policies and procedures, the following leadership topics were covered during the orientation: A culture of success and consistency, Effective lesson design, Equity behind the lens, Presentation zen, Social capital, EdLaw 2D and a variety of individualized training topics. 

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