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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
School to Careers event focuses on schools setting culture
to keep up with rapidly changing technologies

Oct. 16, 2014

Bill Daggett talks to local residents at Herkimer College
Bill Daggett, chairman and founder of the International Center for Leadership in Education, presents “Addressing Today’s Challenges within the Context of Emerging Trends” on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Herkimer College. The event was put on by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School to Careers program. For more information on STC, call 315-867-2000 or click here.

HERKIMER – The reasons students aren’t allowed to use smartphones during state tests are obvious: They would use their phones to look up the answers online and text each other to figure out the correct responses.

In other words, they would research and communicate – two of the most important job skills to have in today’s workplace, said Bill Daggett, chairman and founder of the International Center for Leadership in Education.

“What do we call that in schools?” Daggett said. “Cheating.”

Daggett spoke to a crowd of local education leaders and members of the public on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Herkimer College, and he used the smartphone example as a way to illustrate the outside-of-the-box thinking schools need to put into keeping up with the rapidly changing world we live in.

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its School to Careers program hosted Daggett, who gave his presentation, “Addressing Today’s Challenges within the Context of Emerging Trends.” Daggett’s system for effective instruction and rigor/relevance framework are the cornerstones of many school improvement efforts throughout the United States.

Herkimer BOCES is focusing this school year on making more connections between schools and local businesses through its new School to Careers program, which aims to connect students to jobs in the region through workshops, internships, partnerships and planning. To learn more about STC, click here.

Daggett spent more than 12 hours in the Herkimer BOCES region on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
First, he presented “Leading Change During Challenging Times – Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools” to teachers in the Herkimer BOCES region in two three-hour sessions at the Little Falls High School Auditorium.

Later, Daggett talked to regional administrators about career and technical education when he presented “CTE at a Crossroads” at Herkimer BOCES. The final presentation, which was open to the public, then took place at Herkimer College.

When introducing Daggett at Herkimer College, Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua said he thought it was important for as many people in the region as possible to hear from Daggett with the School to Careers program gearing up and with more high-tech jobs coming to the area.

Daggett said he’s fearful that those jobs will be filled by people from outside of the Mohawk Valley if schools aren’t able to keep up with technological trends.

Schools are consistently improving, and today’s children are receiving the best education ever, Daggett said. The world, however, is also changing at a faster rate than ever due to technology, so children are coming out of school the least prepared for the real world, he said.

“How do we educate today’s students for tomorrow’s world in yesterday’s schools?” Daggett said.

Daggett discussed work he did with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to examine the nation’s most rapidly improving schools. The major difference found with those schools was that there was a connection from the Board of Education meeting room to the classrooms – with those boards spending more than 70 percent of the time talking about student achievement.

“Boards set the culture,” he said.

Daggett challenged board members in attendance to aim for that more than 70 percent focus on student achievement. He also challenged school leaders to encourage the teachers who are most willing to accept change and try new approaches – including collaboration among teachers across the BOCES region.

The presentation covered a wide variety of topics such as college dropout rates, unemployment statistics, state standards, the importance of selecting beneficial college majors, the future anticipatory Internet with more and more data mining and targeted advertising, shifting the focus of education to applying knowledge to real situations and trying new options such as looping teachers with students and creating teams of teachers who work together throughout the day.

“You’ve got to create a positive energy,” Daggett said. “Culture trumps strategy.”

Additional photos:

Bill Daggett puts on a presentation hosted by Herkimer BOCES

Bill Daggett talks to the audience

Mark Vivacqua speaks before the Bill Daggett presentation

Mark Vivacqua introduces Bill Daggett

Bill Daggett speaks about education and technology

Bill Daggett speaks to local educators and the public at Herkimer College

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