With the start of the school year less than a month away, Rockwood School District administrators met Thursday at Lafayette High
for a day of training and collaboration at their annual conference.
As Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles remarked while addressing his colleagues, this will be a school year unlike any other as Rockwood and other districts around the country contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we plan in this time of uncertainty, there is a heavy burden we all carry. Thank you for all that you have done and are doing to support our children and staff members," Miles said. "I have much hope and optimism for the adventure that waits ahead of us."
Administrators heard an in-person presentation from Dr. Terri N. Watson, associate professor of educational leadership at City College of New York, and a live Zoom session from Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, on addressing educational equity within district and school settings.
Staff members also met in school and departmental groups to discuss the presentations and collaborate on what needs to be accomplished before the first day of school Aug. 24. Mask-wearing, social distancing and other health and safety guidelines were observed throughout the day.
Miles concluded the conference with a presentation titled, "Why Not Today?", in which he encouraged staff members to strive to make a difference each day.
"I hope you'll join me this year in doing our best to live through the uncertainty, ambiguity and obstacles with a grateful heart," Miles said.