ISS Communicator 5/18 - 5/22

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.***

LETRS Training - Volume 2 Module 5-8

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is professional development that provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. Authored by literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman.


7/20 - 7/22 8-3pm: CiTi Board Room Mexico, NY

7/27 - 7/29 8-3pm: CiTi Board Room Mexico, NY


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3397363


LETRS Training - Volume 2 Module 5-8

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is professional development that provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. Authored by literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman.


8/3 - 8/5 8-3pm CiTi Board Room Mexico, NY

8/10 - 8/12 8-3pm CiTi Board Room Mexico, NY


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3397376

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Webinar- **NEW DATE ADDED

Carri Waloven will be facilitating a live webinar with a trainer from Literacy Resources on June 4th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about the lesson components and activities included in all three levels of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum and how the lessons can be implemented in the classroom. Time will be built in for post-webinar discussion, and Q&A. Link to the webinar and resources will be emailed just prior to the event.

$25 fee for component districts

$50 fee for non-component districts

Registration Link

Phil will do a short virtual presentation and talk via Zoom or a similar video call app about his life and career as a professional illustrator followed by a Q&A with the students. This is an excellent optoin that includes both an author visit piece as well as an opportunity to incorporate some visual arts into the home. The fees for this program are $150 per call and he can be contacted at philintheblanks@gmail.com.


http://philintheblanks.com/

TheaterWorks Anywhere is a digital series that aims to give young people a fun and active way to use their imaginations while learning about the process of creating theater.


We are creating digital content that encourages creativity, provides arts enrichment and curriculum enhancement, and spreads a little joy. To do this, we are utilizing our best resources: our TheaterWorksUSA productions and our wonderful creative professionals. This is a FREE opportunity for students and provides an excellent no cost opportunity for them!


https://twusa.org/shows-artists/on-tour/anywhere/

Art Education Online Resources

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.

The week ahead...

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Building & Sustaining Resilience in Virtual Community #25

Monday, May 18th, 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 ongoing mini- sessions will occur every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in order to provide educators an opportunity to connect with others to give voice to what we are navigating and practice mindfulness and resilience strategies.

Mindfulness in Education Network

Monday, May 18th, 3-4pm

This is an online event.

This network of mindful educators has been meeting since September and it is a positive and mighty group of educators. If you are not already a part of this network but are interested, please join us for this session! In this session we will engage in a mindful check in and a guided mindfulness meditation practice. The Focus of the Network: This gathering is a community of educators who are seeking to grow their own mindfulness practice with the support of others as well as explore ways to implement mindfulness in their setting. We experience mindfulness together with various practices, share ideas, explore challenges and help each other grow!

Building & Sustaining Resilience in Virtual Community #26

Wednesday, May 20th, 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 ongoing mini- sessions will occur every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in order to provide educators an opportunity to connect with others to give voice to what we are navigating and practice mindfulness and resilience strategies.

What We Say and How We Say It Matter

Wednesday, May 20th, 9am

This is an online event.

Mike Anderson digs into the nuances of language in the classroom as all educators work towards having students who feel safe, can collaborate with others, and feel ownership of their learning. Student learning and behavior are influenced by teacher language and delivery. Let's connect NYSED's three Social Emotional Learning goals to Mike Anderson's work on the importance of our words, how they are delivered, and shifts educator's can make to improve classroom instruction. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3493060

ELA & Social Studies Collaborative Opportunity

Wednesday, May 27th, 9-11am

Zoom

Join us for a collaborative conversation between ELA and Social Studies teachers to gain traction on cross curricular opportunities. Together, we will move our discussion from general commonalities to the specific crossover skills students and teachers can utilize in both settings. We will build capacity in understanding our standards, engage in high-quality learning opportunities that model effective practices, and cultivate an environment that supports collegial dialogue. Grab your cross curricular team mate if you can and no worries if you can't-all are welcome! We have planned for time to collaborate with colleagues and networking across districts for best practices and action-based planning. A Zoom link will be shared 30 minutes before the start time.

Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3486773

Intent vs. Impact: Identifying My Triggers

Wednesday, May 20th, 10-11:30am

This is an online event.

This session focuses on self-awareness. Participants will identify the social and emotional triggers that are the most counterproductive in their lives and set out on a course of self-discovery to determine their intent versus their impact. This is session two of a three session series. Each session can be taken separately but the three sessions all connect. Session three is titled Small Adaptation, Big Impact! Becoming a Role Model and is being held on 5/27.

Oswego Writing Institute 2020

It is with our deepest regrets that the Oswego Writing Institute must be postponed this year.

The plan is to be back, in person with a live event, next August.

Please be on the lookout for registration details next spring for Oswego Writing Institute 2021.

Instructional Resources

Blending Wheels- Tools for Decoding Practice

Blending and segmenting are the most sophisticated phonemic skills and the most important for application to decoding. Blending wheels can be used to provide practice with blending

phonemes to make real words and pseudowords. A blending wheel consists of three concentric circles held together with a brass fastener. Each circle has letters on it that are combined to form words. Check out the article from Teaching Exceptional Children. Below are blending wheels that are already done for you! These blending wheels were created from Table 3 in the article. All you need to do is: Print. Cut. Assemble. Consider printing on card stock for durability. Maybe using a different color card stock for the middle sound wheel. "The blending wheel is a simple but powerful and engaging tool for providing the decoding practice that so many struggling readers need."

Basic Level Blending Wheel

Easy Level Option 1

Easy Level Option 2

Challenging Level Option 1

Challenging Level Option 2

Very Challenging Level Option 1

Very Challenging Level Option 2

Are you fascinated by how the brain learns to read?

The science of reading helps educators gain a deeper understanding of how our brains learn to read. Teacher knowledge of this process can greatly influence our teaching practices. If you have 30 minutes, watch this youtube video from Logic of English. The video explains the neuroscience in a simplistic way. Have you wondered why we mix up the letters b, d, p, q? Do you need clarification on how handwriting/writing supports reading? Watch the video to learn more.

University of Florida - Virtual Teaching Resource Hub

We use the term “word work” to represent activities that promote effective and efficient word reading, especially those that involve developing proficiency with blending letter sounds and the manipulation of sounds in words. For example, the blending drill provides children with a rapid succession of words (and sometimes non-words) to decode, by changing one sound at a time (e.g., changing him to hip, hip to tip, tip to top, and so on). All of the activities in this section are designed to provide students with practice that will make them stronger word readers. Strong word reading is necessary for strong comprehension.


Blending Drill

Blending Drill Tutorial

Manipulative Letters Guidelines

Manipulative Letters

Manipulative Letters Tutorial

Template: Regular Word Spelling

Template: Word Sort With Word Cards

Word Work Mat Activity

Word Work Mat – Beginner (app link)

Word Work Mat – Intermediate (app link)

Make your own Word Work Mat for face-to-face instruction!

Phonemic Awareness for Paraprofessionals- Recorded Webinar

Phonemic awareness (PA) is critical to reading and spelling success. This recorded webinar focuses on what PA is, why it's important, and how to support it during small group instruction. The target audience is elementary level paraprofessionals such as teacher assistants and teacher aides. It could also serve as a refresher (for any educator) or as an onboarding resource for new staff. Content of the webinar is a fusion of past Oswego County Literacy Initiative staff development powerpoint resources and curriculum resources such as Heggerty and Equipped for Reading Success. View it individually or screen share it as a group virtually. Stopping points are built-in throughout the recording to reflect, discuss, and/or practice instructional techniques. Running time is 60 min. If you add in time to reflect and practice, plan for up to 90 min.
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Options for Zoom Trainings on How to Use Zoom from CiTi’s Distance Learning Program

Options for Zoom Trainings on How to Use Zoom from CiTi’s Distance Learning Program:

  • Linked are interactive tutorials
  • Click on Zoom Office Hours with any questions about Zoom.
    Monday-Friday - 9am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
    • Zoom topics include:
      • Scheduling meetings, managing participants, zoom safety, how to record lessons, break-out rooms, etc.
      • Join office hours for small group or one to one assistance.

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