Burlington Public Schools welcomed back staff this week with its annual three-day BPSCon Professional Development Days beginning yesterday at Marshall Simonds Middle School. Superintendent of Schools Eric Conti kicked things off with his annual welcome message where he highlighted the importance of relationships and joy in the education.
"While we will comply (with state testing mandates), our focus needs to continue to be on developing good people. This objective requires focusing on relationships and generating happiness and purpose with our students, our colleagues and ourselves. Learning is a joyful process and not possible without relationships," Conti noted.
During his welcoming remarks, Conti also discussed the Burlington Public Schools Staff members who had retired at the end of the 208-2019 school year.
"For those of you new to the district or new to a job in the district, it is really these retirees and long-time active employees that have created the culture of the schools and district you are joining. It is their legacy that we all attempt to emulate and maintain."
One highlight of the morning was when the technology for one of the songs that was going to play failed and the staff jumped in and joined Dr. Conti with the lyrics to Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World." Check out the clip below.
The day concluded with afternoon Professional Development sessions. There are over 140 offerings for staff during BPSCon this year as staff prepares to welcome back students next Tuesday.