NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The Tri-State Consortium is in town this week for a three day meeting with teachers, administrators and parents at the North Salem Central School District.

The consortium, which was formed in 1992, works with high-performing school districts that want to go beyond state and national tests and come up with creative solutions to guide and instruct students. It consists of 47 districts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The consortium has been working with the school district since 2012 and last met with school officials in 2014. Since its involvement with the school district, the consortium has worked to create, use and evaluate progress on the district’s educational initiatives.

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Back then, the Tri-State Consortium commended the district for its “intelligent, dedicated and committed staff, strong support from the Board of Education, central office and school administration” and its “going deeper to engage staff and students to collaborate in finding the next steps in its mission.”

Speaking at last week’s Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources, Dr. Michael Hibbard, said the goals this year include maximizing conversations with educators, staff members, parents and students while minimizing paper.

He proudly displayed a thumb drive as the solution to paper overload often experienced at conferences, something he said will do away with the myriad files of years past.

This year’s consortium will feature visiting team members from Madison and Westport, both in Connecticut as well as  Ardsley, Brewster, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Mt. Pleasant, Oyster Bay, Pelham and Port Chester.

Hibbard said this year’s talking points for the consortium will include:

•             What is the impact of the district’s mission on instruction?

•             What is the impact of the mission on students in and out of the school?

•             What are the factors most responsible for the district’s successes?

•             What are the school district’s next “gorillas” or obstacles?

The core of the NSCSD mission is to “engage students to continuously learn, question, define and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.”

Hibbard says he looks forward to the creative exchange of ideas at the consortium, saying “It’s an organic process. North Salem is ahead of the curve.”