P-TECH OHM teacher selected to present at Library Network Symposium

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Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) teacher Michael Hoover has been selected to present at the Empire State Library Network’s Pillars 2021 Symposium on July 7.

Hoover, a social studies teacher in the P-TECH program, will co-present with Mohawk Valley Community College instructional design librarian Jocelyn Ireland on the partnership between P-TECH OHM and MVCC.

Through the first three years of collaboration with MVCC, 10th grade students in the P-TECH OHM program have been tasked with researching world history topics of their own choosing using the tools available at the MVCC Utica Campus Library. The project has allowed students to develop a sense of continuity between their high school and college experiences, build research skills necessary at the collegiate level and become more engaged with topics that interested them. The students’ work culminates with final presentations that are shared during P-TECH OHM’s annual International Night event.

During their symposium presentation, Hoover and Ireland will further discuss ways that secondary educators can collaborate with college librarians to prepare students for college-level research.

“I am excited for the honor to present at this year’s Pillars Symposium and show how collaboration can empower students’ learning,” said Hoover. “By working with our partners at MVCC, this event has continued to grow and allow our students to engage with college-level research materials. When we started International Night four years ago, it was a way to recognize the diversity of our program, but every year our students have continued to produce work that raises the academic bar and surpasses our expectations.”

Pillars is a three-day, virtual symposium which brings educators and librarians together to share knowledge on the topic of student readiness for college and beyond. The symposium is designed to introduce educators to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st-century classroom. Presenters share their knowledge on teaching information literacy instruction, writing, using primary resources, bridging the digital divide and related topics that prepare secondary students for success in college and beyond. The format includes formal presentations, breakout sessions and opportunities to connect with educators around New York State. The symposium is presented by and for educators in New York state, and welcomes the perspective of guests from other regions who join as presenters and attendees.

P-TECH OHM offers an integrated high school and college curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), while also providing workplace skills including leadership, communication and problem-solving. The program enrolls freshmen in a flexible (four, five or six-year) program combining academic rigor and career focus with graduates earning a high school diploma and an accredited associate degree from MVCC. Students experience internships with P-TECH business and industry partners and, upon graduation, are regarded as viable candidates for employment with these partnering agencies.

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