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In Cohoes, 16 first-year teachers focus on Teach Like a Champion classroom management techniques

May 25, 2016—Throughout the 2015-16 school year, all first-year teachers across the district met regularly to read, discuss and share practices from Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that put Kids on a Path to College.

The professional development sessions, led by Assistant Superintendent Peggy O’Shea, focused on the classroom management techniques from the book, and gave the first-year faculty a chance to routinely convene with their colleagues to discuss strengths, challenges and opportunities in their classrooms.

In year two, teachers will continue to receive professional development through the district’s New Teacher Induction program, and will also be part of the districtwide rollout of 12 of the 62 techniques from Teach Like a Champion. The techniques will be recommended by the Building Leadership Teams and selected by the District Coordinators Team.

“Creating a culture of high expectations where our students are college and career ready upon graduation starts with our teachers being equipped with effective classroom management skills,” said O’Shea. “It’s imperative our newest teachers have the extra support and resources they needed to ensure every student in Cohoes succeeds.”

District administration also completed a Teach Like a Champion book study in the 2015-16 school year, and anticipate a successful rollout and implementation of the 12 techniques in classrooms across the district.


First-year Teachers in CohoesStanding L to R: Dominic Bondi, Julie Cline, Drake Galarneau, Megan Keeler, Tina Doherty, Marina Viviani, Megan Cherubino, Chris Fournier, Jennifer Masker, Emily Gioia, Matt Corwin and William DeCerce.

Seated L to R: Jacqueline Singer, Amanda Powers, Lisa Fort and Jessica Logan.




The mission of the Cohoes City School District, a partnership of schools, parents and the community, is to prepare its students for success in tomorrow’s world.