SUNY Adirondack hosts Teach for the Future workshops

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November 18, 2020

QUEENSBURY, New York (Nov. 16, 2020) — SUNY Adirondack is offering a series of presentations as part of its Teach for the Future program, developed to nurture teaching skills to foster students’ efficiency. The workshops are hosted by participants in a grant-funded seminar focused on contemporary learning and teaching.

The first in the series, “Part I: Lights, Camera, Action: How to Create an Effective Instructional Video,” will be held at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, via Zoom. Jill Randall, assistant professor of Mathematics at SUNY Adirondack, and Krista Rivera, instructor of English, will present “Helping Students Lead the Way: Instructional Tools for Promoting Self-Directed Learning.” The pair will share tips for creating effective video lessons using design, precision and concision.

Rivera is in her second year at SUNY Adirondack teaching courses in writing, creative nonfiction, literature and developmental writing. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Adelphi University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Adolescence Education from Marist College.

She received the Teach for the Future grant, an initiative to explore 21st-century instruction, to investigate the presence of technology in day-to-day experiences.

Randall is an assistant professor of Mathematics in her 10th year at SUNY Adirondack. She earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam. 

She recently earned a certificate of study in college teaching from SUNY Potsdam, as part of the Teach for the Future grant. In 2020, she was recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Teach for the Future workshop series continues with the following:

  • 12:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22: “Part II: Push the Button! How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint for Non-Linear Learning” — Randall and Rivera will lead participants through the process of creating an engaging PowerPoint using kiosk mode, which allows for the creation of virtual buttons, resulting in a more game-like experience for students.
  • 12:40 p.m. Monday, March 29: “Part III: Making It Click: How to Create an Instructional Website for Linear Learning” — Rivera and Randall demonstrate how Google Sites can be used to teach comprehensive lessons by having students progress through a series of activities. 

All Teach for the Future presentations are sponsored by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee. Each workshop lasts about an hour, with time for questions. To request a Zoom link to the virtual presentation, please email

SUNY Adirondack encourages people with disabilities to participate in college programs. Reasonable accommodations can be requested by contacting SUNY Adirondack’s Accessibility Services at 518-743-2282 or