CiTi ISS Weekly Communicator

September 10, 2021

The purpose of this 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.***

New Director of ISS

Welcome Heather Witter as new Director of ISS!

Heather Witter is the new Director of Instructional Support Services. She is replacing Kristen Foland who has taken a position as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel at CiTi. Best wishes to Kristen!

Heather has been in education for over twenty years. Her experience has been as a teacher, elementary principal, and director of literacy for the Fulton City School District.

She is working hard to provide a smooth transition of leadership and is looking forward to supporting your needs.

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

TRL Reading Buddies is a fun, foundational reading TV series for students PreK-3. The show instructs three important underlying components of skillful word reading: phonological awareness, letter names/sounds, and blending sounds to decode words accurately.

See link below to website.

Click here to subscribe to the YouTube channel to stream anytime after the show is launched Sept 13th!

Secondary Level Social Studies 9/11 Resources

The beginning of the 2021-2022 school year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. With this anniversary comes the enormous task of accurately teaching the events of the past, while simultaneously commemorating those whose lives were lost. To assist in this endeavor, NYS Council for Social Studies (NYSCSS) has provided a vetted list of resources below:

20th Anniversary Commemoration

9/11 Stories to be Told: 20 Years Later

Remembering 9/11 — FBI

9/11 20th anniversary remembrance events to come

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.