Conshohocken Elementary School (CE) Teachers Amy Campbell and Manuela Herbas along with Principal Dr. Terese Boegly will be sharing some of the strategies they use to empower students in math at the Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh on Monday, January 14.
Their presentation, titled “Creating a Culture of Mathematical Empowerment in Elementary Classrooms,” will cover how the CE teachers use specific reading techniques in math, develop math vocabulary, encourage math journaling and help students self-assess their work. The trio will also share how they structure their lesson time and use data to meet individual student needs.
“The body of work that Manuela and Amy will be presenting represents many years of collaboration and professional development,” said Dr. Boegly. “Our teachers have embedded these practices into their classrooms, and the results are impressive.”
The conference offers two and a half days of sessions targeting Title I schools, which are schools that serve a large population of economically disadvantaged students. The theme of this year’s event is “Mission Equity: Empowering Students to be Future Ready.”
“There are a variety of sessions on literacy, family engagement and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) that we’re interested in attending,” added Dr. Boegly. “We hope to come back with some new strategies that we can share with the staff and the school community.”
The CE Team was encouraged to speak at the event after the school earned the Distinguished Title I School honor in the fall. As one of the criteria to be named a Distinguished Title I School, CE scored in the top 5% of all Title I schools in the state on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in English Language Arts and Math. This is the second time in the last three years CE has received this honor.