The Consortium offers most of its training sessions in Westchester, but can accommodate requests from member districts to organize regional training sessions in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, upstate New York, and Westchester. These sessions are held at a location central to the region and can usually accommodate six to eight participants per district.
Training sessions typically involve a mix of people from different our member school districts. Participants have found that a particular advantage of this version of the visit team training is the interaction with educators from other member districts in conversations about teaching and learning that result in a rich professional development experience.
Training sessions occur at Whitby Castle unless otherwise noted.
Visit Team Training
The Consortium's two-day introductory visit team training is designed to prepare participants to serve as members of a visit team conducting an Tri-State evaluation of another member district. The 2-day training sessions involve an analysis of the Tri-State assessment model’s eight indicators, working with protocols that outline the specific stages in each activity, simulations that involve looking at evidence of student work, interviewing techniques, and engaging with the model’s benchmarking rubric. At the conclusion of the training, participants are eligible to given the opportunity to sign up to become members of a Tri-State visit team to another district.
The cost of this training is $390 per participant and includes all materials, including the Consortium’s Resource Handbook, a light breakfast and lunch each day.
Training to Prepare for Receiving a Visit
Experience has shown that the greater the proportion of the staff that is familiar with the Tri-State model and its visit process, the greater will be the value of the visit to the district. The Consortium offers customized options for visit preparation training. In addition to the course described below, Consortium staff will design district-specific training in advance of the visit to help the district in preparing. District Tri-State Steering Committees, for example, may request training as the Essential Questions, gathering appropriate evidence for the visit team to review, developing schedules for interviews, and planning student shadowing opportunities.
In-Service Course: "Training to Prepare for the Visit"
This in-service course is designed to introduce teachers to the Tri-State model, guide them through a close reading of the assessment criteria, and assist them in the process of identifying and collecting evidence for the visit team to review.
Participating teachers will analyze the language of the model, its specific applications to the classroom, and define the ways that student learning and achievement are observed and enhanced. Involving six two-hour sessions, after school, and open to teachers K-12, the course has a syllabus that includes selected readings. The course is normally offered for one or two in-service credits.
The cost of this training is billed at $25.00 per participant per hour.