CiTi ISS Weekly Communicator

September 24, 2021

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide professional development, support and resources to foster adult learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.

Math Network

Welcome Michael Perry!

Michael has been teaching at G. Ray Bodley high school in Fulton for 15 years. Born and raised in Oswego, he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree from Oswego State. He is currently working on his CAS through Le Moyne.

There will be separate meetings for grade levels K-5 and 6-12. The math network meetings will be for those interested in learning about information shared at the statewide framework group meetings, as well as support for the following: instructional practices, math content & grade specific resources, NYSED updates, and aligning current curriculum to the Next Generation Learning Standards.

The first math network meeting for grades K-5 will be held virtually on October 25th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Visit my learning plan to register.

The first math network meeting for grades 6-12 will be held virtually on November 8th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Visit my learning plan to register.

If there are any other topics of interest, other areas of needed support, or to just say "Hello!" please reach out! Contact Michael at

CiTi BOCES Professional Development Catalog Highlights

Click titles below for session description and registration link.

Intentional Classroom Design for SEL

As we consider our educational spaces, let's consider how the design of our spaces are conducive for social and emotional learning. Together we will explore the latest research on grouping, mindfulness corners/spaces, and even plants. Yes, plants. Research from Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands found that there are positive long-term effects of office plants. More specifically the study "found greenery significantly increases workplace satisfaction in employees (and students), heightens self-reported concentration levels, and improves perceived air quality.” Indoor plants can increase happiness, productivity, and even relieve stress which can have positive health benefits. Let's get excited about creating a welcoming educational environment. Are you out of New York State and interested in attending? Please reach out to Kate directly:

November 30th, 2021 Registration Link HERE.

February 8th, 2022 Registration Link HERE.

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure (Teachers, Administrators, Teaching Assistants, Coaches, etc)

Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools.

In Person:

Virtual: October 4 & 5, 2021 8:30-11:30

NGLS Professional Development Options

The CiTi School Improvement Team is focused on supporting teachers and leaders with the implementation of high quality, rigorous curriculum and the continuous improvement of instruction aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards.

We have partnered with DCMO BOCES to continue growing our list of virtual opportunities for this school year. Like all of you, our artists are working hard to modify and adapt to the changing learning environment and are continuously adding new enrichment opportunities that can now be enjoyed virtually. We currently have over 80 high-quality virtual opportunities for students and schools to enjoy with more being added daily. If you have any questions regarding a specific program please feel free to reach out to
Distance Learning

Click here to view a calendar of LIVE STREAMED events, virtual tours, and video recordings (updated regularly).

Other Instructional Resources

The Reading League PD: Breaking the Word Guessing Habit

Kelli Johnson from The Reading League is presenting an asynchronous webinar focused on whether or not instructional resources are aligned with the science of reading and determine if they have the green light to use with all learners, if they can be redeemed with some tweaks, or whether they need to be abandoned completely. This session is FREE for OCLI teachers using the code: OCLISEPT2021 during registration.

Click here for complete session description and registration.

Do you teach CKLA Amplify Curriculum?

Amplify created a reference PDF of the Top 10 Resources for teaching with Amplify CKLA. Each feature is linked to the resource or to information where you can learn more about utilizing it in the classroom. Check it out!

First In Math - FREE to K-5 students!!

First In Math features hundreds of engaging math games designed to strengthen fact fluency, automaticity, computational thinking and other critical skills. Whether students are working on addition or algebra, built-in practice GOALS encourage achievement and keep them energized to sustain accelerated effort over time.

Contact Michael Perry, CiTi BOCES Math Network Liaison, at with any questions.