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Chatham Central teacher speaks at Harry and Rosemary Wong conference

Posted Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Bear Creek, NC - Emily Boyle, an English teacher at Chatham Central High School, presented a note-taking procedure at the Instructional Institute for Lateral Entry and Inexperienced Teachers, after being invited by keynote speakers and classroom management experts, Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong.

Boyle discussed the use of Cornell Notes in her English courses to 400 teachers from around the state, a procedure she submitted after completing the Wong's Classroom Management course. This eLearning class was funded by Chatham County Schools.

"I sent in my syllabus, which included the Cornell Note structure I learned from AVID. I have started using Cornell Notes in all of my classes because I think it makes students more accountable for their learning," Boyle said. "I was very surprised to receive an email from Dr. Wong, asking me to share this procedure with the Instructional Institute."

Cornell Notes, a cornerstone of the AVID program, require students to write questions about their daily notes and summarize what they have learned in class each day.

All three traditional high schools in Chatham County Schools have the AVID program. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), targets middle-performing students and those who will be first generation college students who have the desire, academic potential, and determination to succeed in a rigorous high school curriculum; participate in extra-curricular activities; and apply to, enroll in, and graduate from a four-year college. AVID provides academic monitoring, study and organization skills, tutorials, motivational talks, SAT prep, and help with college planning, applications, visitations, and financial aid searches.

The Instructional Institute for Lateral Entry and Experienced Teachers was hosted by the Model Teacher Education Consortium of the Center for School Leadership Development at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong are the authors of the best-selling classroom management guide, The First Days of School, and the creators of the award-winning education web site,

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