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Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience both as a professional staff developer and workshop leader. She has previously worked with Catherine Twomey-Fosnot at Mathematics in the City (MitC), a national center for professional development at the City College of the City University of New York. Stephanie is currently employed as a master coach and works with Lucy West and Antonia Cameron at Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities.
Stephanie is committed to empowering teachers and students to embrace and love mathematics. She tailors her on-site work to meet each school’s individual and diverse needs. As part of this process, Stephanie works with leadership teams to create the most effective structures possible. These structures are both complex and multi-faceted. They include: (1) content-focused coaching (co-planning, co-teaching and debriefing of lessons); (2) comparative teaching (a structure used to support teacher examination of specific aspects of practice); and (3) facilitating grade-level meetings focused on rigorous analysis of curriculum and pedagogy.
In her journey toward mathematical leadership, Stephanie’s third-grade classroom at PS 261K was selected in 2006 to be a lab-site for the NYC Department of Education’s Collaborative Communities of Practice in Mathematics. In this leadership role, Stephanie hosted visiting teachers from across New York City, opening her classroom and publicly sharing her practice. In discussions with visiting teachers, Stephanie was expected to plan and co-teach her lessons with the CCP’s director, Antonia Cameron. As part of this process, Stephanie was also expected to reflect publicly on the effectiveness of her own teaching and to be able to analyze student learning. Here, she was expected to find evidence of student learning (use specific artifacts like student conversations or written work) to plan her next steps in teaching.
Because of this unique leadership training, Stephanie has developed an unusual set of professional development skills. These skills are currently being employed in her facilitation of Metamorphosis’ Teaching Learning Communities. In this role, Stephanie leads teacher study groups that are focused on the development of teacher leadership, pedagogy and content knowledge in mathematics.
Stephanie’s effectiveness in a variety of professional development roles has earned her the deep respect of educators. As a consultant, she is in high demand both locally and nationally.
The video clip above is an excerpt from the Leaders In Educational Thought. Lucy West.
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