SHARING ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS TO PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS

11/21/2007

SUNY Orange and Orange-Ulster BOCES Bringing Math and English Faculty and Teachers Together

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – To help ensure students are successful at all levels of education, college and high school teachers and faculty will meet in a pair of upcoming workshops designed to bridge gaps between mathematics and English courses taught in local high schools and those offered on the collegiate level.

SUNY Orange and Orange-Ulster BOCES are collaborating on these innovative workshops, both of which will be held in Conference Room 1 on the Orange-Ulster BOCES Goshen campus. English chairpersons and teachers from local high schools will sit down with SUNY Orange faculty members and department chairpersons from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. The second workshop will take place at the same time on Thursday, Nov. 29 with math teachers joining the College’s faculty and department chairs.

The workshops are an outcropping of the Collaborative Faculty Partnership, organized jointly by SUNY Orange’s Office of Educational Partnerships and the Orange-Ulster BOCES Instructional Council. The workshops will bring together College faculty with their colleagues from the county’s high schools. The goal is to increase students’ academic performance at both levels while also aligning the curriculum and academic expectations at the high school and collegiate levels.

For example, a thorough grasp of college entrance exams such as the Placement Assessment would benefit high school teachers while college faculty might be helped by a stronger comprehension of how high schools must prepare their students for the state’s Regents exams.

“In order to promote a smooth and successful academic transition four our students, we must have open and informative dialogue between secondary and post-secondary educators,” says Rosana Reyes-Rosello, director of Educational Partnerships at SUNY Orange. “Our sense of responsibility for the success of Orange County students does not begin when they reach our doors. We at SUNY Orange are vested in promoting career and academic success for all Orange County students. These collaborative workshops are an example of our willingness to serve our community and our dedication to students.”

“Through this partnership, we can tighten the communication so that everyone has a better understanding of the expectations of high school and college faculty. It needs to be a two-way street so that our kids are not caught in the middle,” says Dr. Mary Ann Wilson, assistant superintendent of instruction and curriculum for Orange-Ulster BOCES. She provides the analogy that students are allowed to use calculators during high school math tests, but are prohibited from using them on college exams.

“Often times, students are prepared one way in high school but they find that the expectations are not the same in college,” Wilson explains. “We are working to see what we can do, as a group, to be clearer about everyone’s expectations and what projects we can undertake to promote student success.”

The workshops will feature discussions by high school teachers on Regents Exam benchmarks, specifically those related to commencement-level math and English. In addition, college faculty will present data on college-level requirements for those two subjects. Attendees will also be asked to provide input on future projects that will help unite the expectations placed upon students in high school and college, while also determining additional ways to promote student success.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange at (845) 341-4765 or Orange-Ulster BOCES at (845) 291-0123.

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Mike Albright
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