ISS Communicator Week of 4/6 - 4/10

CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development,

support, resources, information, connections and best practices to foster adult

learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from

Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.
***These offerings are available to all educators in NYS.***

What PD can the ISS team bring to you? - Survey Link

***Educators, please help the ISS Department by taking this brief survey identifying your professional development needs.***

*CHECK OUT OUR LISTINGS OF* - Livestreams/Virtual Trips

This document will constantly evolve with livestreams/webcasts (and schedules/calendars when applicable), virtual tours, and video recordings of previously executed programs.

ELA/Literacy

Oswego Writing Institute- Annual, FREE, Summer Professional Development

Join us on August 17th & 18th for the Oswego Writing Institute. It is a FREE, two-day institute that provides high-quality professional development opportunities for all writers and teachers of writing. Participants will have more than 20 PD sessions on writing and teaching writing to choose from, including sessions targeted to specific audiences (elementary, secondary, college). Our keynote award-winning authors will be, Padma Venkatraman, author of The Bridge Home and Ralph Fletcher, children's author and author of professional books such as Joy Write. The authors will also be conducting break out sessions. This event is open to any and all educators PreK-college. The event is co-sponsored by Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego-Team Sheldon, and CiTi BOCES. Click here to learn more. Registration link: click here

The week ahead...

Online professional development offered by
CiTi BOCES ISS and Model Schools
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Building & Sustaining Resilience in Virtual Community

Monday, April 6th, 8-8:45am

This is an online event.

In this time of challenge and social distancing, it is important that we come together to process the emotions we may be feeling and practice ways to settle our nervous system. These mini- sessions will provide educators an opportunity to connect with others to give voice to what we are navigating and practice mindfulness. The practices will primarily focus on connecting with our breath and our body as anchors for presence.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/webreg/catalog.asp?H=1&D=12396


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5167032671

Overview of Mindfulness in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 7th, 1-2pm

This is an online event.

This online offering is for those seeking to build their understanding of what mindfulness is and what it might look like in the classroom. We will also explore the importance of mindfulness as a personal practice when considering its use in the classroom.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3456247


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5167032671

Talking with Students about COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7th, 12:30-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Concern over the Coronavirus can impact everyone--especially students. During challenging times such as these, it is important to carefully and clearly communicate information to students without causing undue alarm. Parents and teachers stand to be a primary source for emotional development. Together we will discuss guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists on how best to talk with children at this time. We will cultivate our basic understanding of childhood trauma and the impact it can have on the learning process. A Zoom link will be emailed to those registered by noon on April 7th.


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3457800

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure - delivered via Zoom

Wednesday, April 8th, 8am-3pm

This is an online event.

Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) Workshop: Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement.


In response to the COVID-19 crisis CiTi is offering this one time DASA 6 hr Certification training free of charge. All registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the training. This email will be delivered to the email address associated with your MLP account. This 6 hour training will run from 8:30am - 3:30pm with a 1 hour lunch break from 11:30am - 12:30pm.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3452449


Zoom link will be emailed the day of the training

Building & Sustaining Resilience in Virtual Community

Wednesday, April 8th, 8-8:45am

This is an online event.

In this time of challenge and social distancing, it is important that we come together to process the emotions we may be feeling and practice ways to settle our nervous system. These mini- sessions will provide educators an opportunity to connect with others to give voice to what we are navigating and practice mindfulness. The practices will primarily focus on connecting with our breath and our body as anchors for presence.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3456253


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5167032671

Understanding the Wheel of Awareness

Thursday, April 9th, 1-2pm

This is an online event.

Dr. Dan Siegel's Wheel of Awareness is the basis for a reflective practice which helps us direct our attention and improve our ability to focus on the individual aspects of our internal and external worlds, which are key components of a healthy mind. In this one hour Zoom session participants will learn the basics of the Wheel of Awareness and then engage in a reflective practice applying the Wheel as a tool. This type of practice is supportive of Self Awareness and Self Regulation in order to build resilience.


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3456235


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5167032671

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ATHE Resources for Online Teaching


The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, ATHE, offers links with resources for preexisting courses, theatre pedagogy sites, online theatre sites, online discussions, podcasts and livestreams, communication tools, guidelines, improv, online literacy training, scenic design, and journal articles.


In this link there are a wide variety of resources for helping Theatre educators transition to our changing circumstances and what online learning can look like with resources to get started. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting specific programs from these lists as we go through the data collected in our feedback survey located at the top of the newsletter.

Music Education Online Resources

Music Teachers National Association

Transitioning to teaching Music courses online can be a challenge so the MTNA has provided an expansive list of free and subscription based online options for educators and students in: Music Game/Theory/History/Listening Websites, Symphony-Based Websites, Performer-Based Websites, as well as teacher resources for making the transition. Since we have a wide variety of subject areas in the Music community this list is a great jumping off point for providing resources to our students that are working to learn in a new way. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting specific programs from these lists as we go through the data collected in our feedback survey located at the top of the newsletter.


Link to the list of Music sites

Art Education Online Resources

The Instructional Support Services Team

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NYS Art Teachers Association Online Resources

While NYSATA has always provide a multitude of resources to its members, their list of online information is growing by leaps and bounds as we all move into a distance learning model. They have provided a list of engaging resources that are specific to our Visual Arts educators so that the arts can continue to prosper in these trying times. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting specific programs from these lists as we go through the data collected in our feedback survey located at the top of the newsletter.

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