SUNY Potsdam Education Students Inspired by Best Practices in Teaching Seminar


SUNY Potsdam Teacher Opportunity Corps students gathered with presenter Carol Rossi-Fries following the 2012 Best Practices in Teaching Seminar (for full caption, see story).

Twelve SUNY Potsdam students majoring in education recently participated in the Best Practices in Teaching Seminar, “Keys to Effective Teaching.” The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) and SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies sponsored the event.

Carol Rossi-Fries, a clinical faculty member at The School of Education and Professional Studies and former social studies teacher at A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, who was the 2003 New York State Teacher of the Year, presented this engaging and interactive seminar. Through the use of illustrated instructional guidelines, handouts, discussions, demonstrations of artifacts and modeling, Rossi-Fries involved participants in learning the elements, principles and strategies of the Effective Teaching Model.

Rossi-Fries provided an analysis of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and a thorough presentation and evaluation of the most effective principles and strategies proven valuable in promoting equitable classroom management, developing rewarding lessons, and maintaining student interest and participation in the classroom.

“The students enjoyed this seminar and found it an excellent presentation of the best methods and strategies to help them become effective teachers of all students,” said Diana Fisher, director of TOC and Student Support Services at SUNY Potsdam.

Following the seminar, the students gathered for a photo with the instructor. They included from left, in front row: Kassandra Drake of Conklin, N.Y., Kiana McDonough of Potsdam, N.Y., Allison Manning of North Bangor, N.Y. and Esther Hong of Syosset, N.Y.; in second row: Michelle Hosler of Glens Falls, N.Y., Carol Rossi-Fries (presenter), Chelsey Smith of Freedom, N.Y., Erin DelFuoco of Cicero, N.Y. and Rachel Gordon of Turin, N.Y., and in the third row: Moriah Proyect of Parksville, N.Y., Jacob Wicks of Carle Place, N.Y., and John Collins and Ethan Brownell, both of Potsdam, N.Y.

The TOC grant is funded by SUNY Potsdam and the New York State Education Department Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs Teacher Development Programs Unit. 

SUNY Potsdam has been educating educators for nearly 200 years. Teacher education at Potsdam traces its history back to the College’s foundation as St. Lawrence Academy, established in 1816, making SUNY Potsdam’s teacher education programs the oldest in the SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies is accredited by NCATE.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.