Cooperative Enrichment News

January 2016

Happy New Year!

Exciting things are in store for our region in 2016. January marks the beginning of many new exciting programs and the continuation of a multitude of impressive existing programs that work to enrich our students lives. Below are a few highlights!

Global Writes will be working with students and teachers to promote literacy, communication and collaboration among young people through the integration of performing arts and technology resources. Find out more at

The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) will be visiting TST BOCES on March 1st and 2nd. The CIC will host two days of engaging and exciting exploration of hands on projects geared toward increasing teacher use of project-based learning models and instructional technologies. The two days are focused on Middle School level teams. A small fee of $10 per participant covers lunch for the two days. Find out more CIC.

Register on My Learning Plan

Copyright Issues for Teaching and Learning is a full day workshop focused on copyright, "Fair Use", and other timely topics for teachers. Anne Dalton, lawyer and copyright expert will ensure participants learn the details surrounding compliance with prevailing laws and questions such as: how to link audio books to lessons, usage of YouTube in classrooms, creating copyright friendly multi-media presentations, and much more. This workshop is co-hosted by TST BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES and will be held in Auburn on February 25, 2016. Register on My Learning Plan.

An Arts focused PLC will begin meeting in the new year. The PLC will focus on issues for Arts Educators and begin to focus attention on the Arts Pathway which were approved by the New York State Regents in October. Other topics will include arts integration, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), and instructional technologies in the Arts. The PLC will begin meeting in February, 2016.

The Johnson Museum of Art in conjunction with TST BOCES Cooperative Enrichment and School Library Sytstems will host an integrated Arts event on March 11th, 2016. This event will include close reading of Marco Polo, visits to the museum collection, live music from the life and times of Marco Polo, and a trip to the rare book collection on the Cornell campus. Save the date; you won't want to miss this exciting event.

School Library Systems and Cooperative Enrichment will hold an exciting day of professional development for Art and ELA teachers and teacher Librarians on April 19th. The event will include mini workshops including presentations on graphic novels, instructional workshops presented by The Clay School of Ithaca, local Artists, and The Johnson Museum of Art. We hope you will join us!

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Survey Coming Soon

NYSED, along with the five professional arts associations of New York State and the NYS Alliance for Arts Education have created a survey to reach out to NYS arts teachers and administrators for their input concerning potential adoption of the National Core Arts Standards, which were released in June. To access the NCCAS standards and review them visit:

The Office of Cooperative Enrichment will notify all Arts educators when the survey link is posted to the New York State Curriculum and Instruction/Arts website.

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TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest 2016

Monday, Feb. 1st, 8am to Thursday, March 31st, 8am

This is an online event.

The 2016 TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest will kick off on February 1, 2016. The contest is open to all students in our nine component school districts grades 4-12. Submissions will be accepted through Google forms this year. A submission form for each category is available on our Cooperative Enrichment homepage.

Categories for this year include Poetry, Music, and Art. For more information and guideline clarifications, check out our Creative Writing Contest Guide.

More information can be found on the TST BOCES Cooperative Enrichment Creative Writing Page as well.

Creative Writing Contest 2015-2016