Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 12.21.2020

Looking at 2021

This is our last newsletter for 2020 - but we will be back on January 11 with more fun and engaging content for 2021!

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The RSS Team at TST BOCES wants to wish you and your family a warm and pleasant holiday break! We will be closed December 24, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Here is a fun Winter Break House to choose from! Which one are you?

In this edition, you will find:

  • Fun reminders to take a break
  • Professional Learning events for December 23, 2020 and January 4 - 8, 2021
  • News from NYSED
  • Instructional Resources for virtual and hybrid learning

Board of Regents Update from NYSED

The NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards have been approved by the Board of Regents! View the standards and check out their examples by standard and grade level band.

From Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Micro:bit LIVE 2020 Virtual Conference sessions can all be viewed here and check out what's new with Micro:bit Education Foundation. If you’re inspired by one of these ideas and would like to try it out with your students, we have over 200 Micro:bits available for loan via our Library of Things.

Executive Functioning: How to Support Students

12 Reasons to Teach Executive Functioning Skills Explicitly: Executive functioning skills are some of the most foundational elements for academic and social success, find out how you can support all students with the acquisition of these skills!

Tech-Talk is available!

Tech-Talk is a DIY technology training database that offers new instructional articles and videos each week created by top training experts to meet the specific needs of busy educators and students. To access Tech-Talk, just go to our ClassLink interface. For more information, check out the Tech-Talk Welcome Video and the Tech Talk Welcome Brochure.

Swank K-12 Streaming Service

Swank K-12 Streaming can be accessed via our ClassLink interface. The streaming collection continues to grow at a fast pace! Check out some of the new titles that were added in December:

Anne Frank, Butterfly, The Emperor's Club, Flags of Our Fathers, The Great Gatsby (2013), The Hunger Games, Into the Wild, The Intouchables, The Last Samurai, Mirror Mirror, Osmosis Jones, Philadelphia, Pokemon: The First Movie, Rivers and Tides, Sarafina!, Sherlock Holmes, Steamboy and The Wiz.

For more information on how to request new titles, contact Mary Kay Welgoss ( or your school librarian.

Quick Teacher Tech Tips for Going Virtual

Thanks to Zach Lind (CIO of ICSD) and partnering teachers for creating this resource featuring our own Matt O'Donnell: Quick Teacher Tech Tips for Going Virtual

From Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Mass Literacy: Skills for Early Reading contains resources that support skills for early reading including word recognition and language comprehension.

A Collection of Resources from NYC Department of Education

This collection contains a set of resources designed and curated to support teachers in engaging in remote instruction in culturally responsive and sustaining ways:

Remote Instruction: Pedagogical Supports for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices

Plan Your Winter Break (Virtual) Museum Trip with Art Class Curator

Make the best of your trip and do some planning:

  1. Before: Where are we going? Why?
  2. During: What do we notice? What do we wonder about what we see and do?
  3. After: What was the best part of our trip?

Check out all of the museums that have added virtual field trips here.

Enrichment is Vital & Virtual

Enhance and enrich your face-to-face, or remote, lessons with your students. Collaborating partners have adapted their work to make virtual enrichment accessible and meaningful. They are eager to meet you and your students no matter what your teaching space.

Start here to plan your Enrichment Experiences:

  1. See how to request a service for your school: Enrichment Request Process
  2. Find a vendor or consultant: TST BOCES Arts & Community Partner Catalog
  3. Here is a 2 minute tutorial on how to search the TST BOCES Artist & Community Partner Catalog

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

We have some NEW Regional Workshops on the TST BOCES calendar!

30-Minute Mini Session: Station Rotation

Join Teresa Heatherman for Station Rotation on Wednesday, December 23 to discuss how to manage groups that traditionally rotate with new health and safety guidelines. In this mini-session, participants will examine how they can transform what they used to do, into what they need to do now. To register in Frontine click here.

Executive Functioning Mini Sessions in January

Come explore strategies to help students develop the Executive Function skills they need to do more than just survive in a virtual classroom. We will discuss ways to support those students who are struggling to manage their time and materials to reach both long and short term goals.

30-minute Mini Sessions are available on the following dates and times:

January 12, 2021:

8:30am: AM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session One: Organization

3:00pm: PM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session One: Organization

January 22, 2021:

8:30am: AM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session Two: Time Management

3:00pm: PM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session Two: Time Management

Janaury 26, 2021:

8:30am: AM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session Three: Goal Setting

3:00pm: PM Session: Helping All Students Navigate Virtual Instruction - Session Three: Goal Setting:

From Mid-State JMT: Science of Reading Resource Fair

Monday - January 25, 2021: 9am - 4pm

Participants will have the opportunity to virtually tour each of these resources in thirty minute sessions throughout the day. There will be morning and afternoon presentations from each of the vendors, to allow more opportunity for you to see as many presentations as possible. You may pick and choose to attend the sessions you wish. Presenter contact information will be shared for any session you cannot attend. A schedule with Zoom links for the day will be sent to all registrants.

Interested in Joining Our Team? Click HERE!

We’re hiring an Instructional Specialist for Computer Science & Instructional Technology!

RSS Department Office Hours

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