Spotlight on Lou Cordi

Lou Cordi

Lou Cordi draws on his experience as a classroom teacher when facilitating Secondary ELA workshops, focusing on what participants bring to the experience and what they tell him they hope to learn. 

He wants to understand exactly what participants are looking to learn from any workshop or coaching experience he leads.

“I always make sure they understand we’re building on their success,” Mr. Cordi says. “It becomes more of an inside-out process. It’s not me telling them. It’s them telling me. Then we work together and I become their thought partner.”

Mr. Cordi brings vast experience at the secondary level to his work for SWBOCES. He has traveled the country for two decades, speaking on instruction and curriculum. 

He also taught at upstate Johnson City High School, where he was ELA 6-12 coordinator, responsible for curriculum, instruction and assessments. He has been a consultant on Regents exams for the state Education Department for 25 years.

Mr. Cordi joined SWBOCES eight years ago and has facilitated workshops and worked in districts on topics including Literacy Across Content and International Baccalaureate and the Middle Years Program.

He has a straightforward goal any time he presents: “That the teachers leave with something they feel they can use,” Mr. Cordi says, “something that’s very useful and that they can put into practice.”