Teacher on Special Assignment

Teacher to Support Literacy and Technology
Posted on 09/02/2019
Cecile RetrosiVeteran elementary school teacher Cecile Retrosi will be on special assignment this year for a one-year districtwide position supporting her colleagues with literacy and technology.

In her dual role as a K-6 Literacy Coach and a K-12 Technology Coach, Ms. Retrosi will work with teachers in all buildings to support the district’s goals of adding new elements to the elementary ELA curriculum and infusing technology into the classroom to enhance student learning, achievement and engagement.

“Teaching is incredibly difficult and demanding, and I’m excited to be able to work with teachers on their journey,” she said. “I want to be able to support them every step of the way.”

As a literacy coach, Ms. Retrosi will work with teachers on balanced literacy, including Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study in writing as well as guided and shared reading. She will also support literacy professional development with literacy consultant Olivia Wahl, who has worked with Canastota for several years.

As a technology coach, she will support the implementation of Raider 1:1, which provides a Chromebook to each student in grades 2-12 and shared devices for K-1. She will also help teachers effectively implement technology with students. Over the summer, she led the district’s Summer Technology Institute for 15 teachers in grades 4, 7 and 8, discussing ways to use instructional technology in more meaningful ways.

“It’s important to think about teaching and learning differently,” she said. “We want kids to think about not just consuming information but taking information and creating something with it and making learning meaningful.”

The district is utilizing a state School Improvement Grant (SIG) to support the position, Deputy Superintendent Jason Mitchell said. SIG funds help schools and districts identified as in need of improvement due to state assessment results. Mr. Mitchell said the district’s data indicates students struggle with reading and writing, and Ms. Retrosi’s work is intended to address those gaps.

“Ultimately, our goal is to see improved student performance in reading and writing and, eventually, on state assessments,” he said.