A Snapshot Into Our Day at the Ron Clark Academy

Woah!!! So our day at the Ron Clark Academy was amazing!!! We observed Ron Clark teaching, got to observe other teachers at the RCA, and then spent the afternoon in professional development workshops with Ron Clark, Kim Bearden, and Ken Townsel.

After that, we were provided with a special treat and even got to meet a famous celebrity. Can anyone look at the pictures and guess who we met??

Here is a very brief visual summary of our day at the RCA. For more in depth information and more pictures, including valuable professional development information on working with parents, working together as colleagues, and connecting curriculum content with students in an engaging way, come to our brownbag luncheon on November 5 at 11:00 AM in Satterlee 117.






Fired Up and Ready to Go!

Hey y’all!

Tomorrow we are spending the day gearing up and getting ready for the reason we made the 21 hour trek! We have been receiving e-mails from Aungelita Williams, who will be our hostess at the Ron Clark Academy and we are super excited to spend a day with Ron Clark at the Academy. Our day will consist of observing Mr. Clark teach, and then professional development workshops for teachers. We aren’t sure of specifics, but we will know more Monday!

As Meredith, Shelby, Ainsly, and I prepare for our day at the Ron Clark Academy, I am reflective of how this came to be and how special it really is. What started out as a classroom management presentation on Ron Clark’s 55 Essential Rules has turned into a dream come true (for me at least). Ron Clark is a personal hero of mine, an amazing teacher, and a highly regarded professional within the field of teaching.

We (students) are so lucky to have a great support system of teachers and staff who do everything possible to help us succeed and thrive as future educators. Again, a huge thank you to Grad Studies (Josh, Pete, and Annette) for funding our registration for the RCA. Also a big thank you to Dr. Abramovich (who was immensely helpful in securing funding from other places), as well as Dr. Chadwick, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Brouwer for their generous help toward making this possible.


As a side note: Grad Studies has professional development funding available for all graduate students. If any of you have proposed trainings, conferences, or other miscellaneous ideas that will contribute to personal professional development in your field, apply for funding! It is an option for all graduate students, so take advantage of it if you can!

Graduate Student Life at Potsdam

Hello everyone!  My name is Jill and I am enrolled in the M.S.Ed Literacy Specialist program.  This is my first entry and the first entry for our new graduate student blog.  It’s an exciting time for Graduate Studies as more technological applications like this one are being adapted for you to use.  Welcome to our blog! I would also like to welcome anyone who is new or returning to SUNY Potsdam this fall.

I am new to SUNY Potsdam this semester and I am very impressed with the services available at this quaint North Country campus. I felt very welcome at the Graduate Student Orientation Day in August and I am continuing to enjoy my courses. It’s starting to feel like home now! 

As I look to the year ahead, I can’t wait to network and build my professional portfolio as I work toward my career as a reading teacher at the secondary school level. I feel confident that SUNY Potsdam will help me to succeed.

In the short month that I have been here, I have discovered that SUNY Potsdam has so much to offer in terms of resources.  As I take advantage of career planning, professional development, financial aid options, volunteer opportunities, and networking events, I invite you to do the same. Take a trip to Graduate Studies to see if there are any funding or volunteer opportunities available.  While you are there, check out the Bear-Abilities Professional Development workshops to help you with anything from thesis writing to resume building. Also, don’t forget to make use of the Graduate Student Resource Center as it is your place!  There is even a fridge, microwave, and laminator waiting to be used. Say hello to your fellow graduate students who can be a wealth of knowledge for you or a sounding board.  Everyone needs to talk about the rigors of post-undergraduate life now and again and it’s nice to know that there are other people in the same shoes!

Remember, graduate school is about networking and building relationships with faculty and your fellow colleagues.  Make sure you get out to any social events to actively network.  There’s a talented faculty out there for you to talk to you but you have to take the time to get out and socialize.

That’s my first piece of advice to you, SUNY graduate students.  Enjoy getting out there!

This is your blog too!  If you have any suggestions or you would like to spark a discussion, feel free!