The PD Team
The Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 | (914) 345-8500
Senior Director of Professional Development and Instructional Technology
Dr. Mary Beth Wilson is the Senior Director of Professional Development and Instructional Technology. She oversees several CoSer and grant funded programs within the larger Center, including: School Library System, School Safety, Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, and Professional Learning for teachers, principals/school leaders, and central office administrators/district leaders from 32 member districts, 187 schools and including 9,280+ educators who teach 78,960+ students each year. The Center’s programs and services are grounded in research and focused on practical teaching and learning experiences and blend academic excellence and expertise in curriculum and pedagogy with transformative professional learning to improve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of educators. The Center’s efforts are realized through strategic partnerships with superintendents, assistant superintendents, and school leaders from our component districts, faculty, and administrators from higher ed institutions, and industry leaders who are committed to the Center’s mission: to prepare and support all educators in providing high quality learning opportunities for all students. Responsibilities include:
• Leading implementation of the PreK-12 New York State Learning Standards through in-district side-by-side instructional modeling, embedded coaching, curriculum development, and professional learning (face-to-face, hybrid, and online).
• Developing and implementing new strategies, programs, and structures (micro-networks of schools/districts, on-line learning, new tools, etc.) to support the professional learning needs of area schools and districts.
• Building the capacity of district teams to leverage assessment and other data to target supports and resources for students, educators, schools, and districts.
• Supporting ESSA implementation in researching, analyzing, and synthesizing data concerning special populations and school support, as appropriate.
Supervisor of Literacy and Learning
Tracy Tyler serves as Supervisor of Literacy & Learning at Southern Westchester BOCES. She supports schools and districts in developing and implementing effective instructional practices resulting in accelerated student achievement. For over a decade, she has worked with schools across Westchester, the Bronx, and Manhattan to improve teacher pedagogy and design curriculum, with a focus on literacy instruction. Tracy specializes in supporting schools to use data to inform instruction and is passionate about working with educators to develop cognitively engaging lessons and curriculum. Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, with a Minor in Linguistics from the University of Delaware, her Master of Science in Teaching Literacy from Bank Street College, and an Advanced Certificate in School Building and District Leadership from Hunter College.
Interim Supervisor of School Library System
Pam Berger, the Interim Supervisor of the SWBOCES School Library System has over 35 years of experience in education and librarianship and has served as a school librarian, library system director, consultant, author, newsletter editor/publisher, national/international speaker, and project director/content developer for IMLS and LSTA grants. She has presented at national/international conferences in over 40 states in addition to Canada, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Great Britain, South Africa, Belgium, and Switzerland. Her latest books are Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning in a Digital World (Libraries Unlimited, 2010) and Teaching Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2012).
Supervisor of School Safety & Facilities
Brandon A. Cruz works to ensure that component districts' safety and building facilities needs are met. He teaches a nonviolent crisis intervention course and leads the Dignity for All Students Act 6-Hour Mandated Course on Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination. In the School Emergency Planning – Introduction to Incident Command System workshops, he teaches the evolution of school safety and how to use the ICS to work effectively with first responders. He collaborates with Westchester County police to provide Threat Assessment Team training. He served on the Westchester District Attorney’s School Safety Commission as co-chairman of its threat assessment subcommittee. He works to reflect the Threat Assessment Team model, encouraging school officials to work with law enforcement and mental health professionals to prevent school violence. Previously, Mr. Cruz was a middle school special education teacher, a special education instructional support specialist and, for 10 years, an elementary school assistant principal in the Bronx. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a master's degree in special education.
Coordinator of Health, Safety and Wellness
Sadika Clarke’s focus is on educating the “whole child.” As the Coordinator of Health, Safety and Wellness, she curates workshops on social-emotional learning, mental health awareness, and creating inclusive and supportive learning communities. Led by the motto “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all,” Ms. Clarke collaborates with Southern Westchester BOCES’ component school districts by emphasizing a multi-tiered system of support to develop a positive culture for all students. Ms. Clarke works closely with the Supervisor of School Safety and Facilities to provide workshops about the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), school violence prevention and non-violent crisis intervention. Ms. Clarke has over a decade of experience in education, supporting students, families and educators. Prior to joining Southern Westchester BOCES, she served as the Coordinator of Student Support Services in the Peekskill City School District and worked as a speech and language pathologist in the New York City public schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Hampton University, a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Lehman College and advanced certification in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose.