Faculty to ‘Lead’ the Way to Student Success

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Excitement resonated throughout the building as the entire faculty and staff gathered in Bellport Middle School’s auditorium for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 30. The two-day program hosted important instructional workshops to optimally prepare teachers for the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani welcomed the faculty and staff back from a restorative summer break. He also acknowledged Board President Cheryl A. Felice and introduced new administrators. During his opening remarks, Dr. Giani focused on the importance of leadership in the classroom, regardless of specific roles and responsibilities. “We lead when we work together, share, respect and support one another as we strive to educate all students,” he said.

The theme of leadership was continued with the introduction of guest speaker Drew Dudley. Dudley is founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, Inc., an international motivational speaker and author of “This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters.” Based on Dudley’s TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment),” voted one of the program’s 15 most inspirational TED talks, Dudley spoke about cultivating behaviors that help individuals succeed, empowering those around them and providing a path for success for every student in the district.

After the opening speeches, the faculty attended workshops at their respective elementary and secondary schools to assist in the faculty’s readiness for the 2018-2019 school year on Sept. 5.